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Gallagher not hopeful of McKee showdown

Gallagher celebrates easy win in Belfast

Gallagher celebrates easy win in Belfast

STRABANE’S James Gallagher says he does not believe his much anticipated showdown with AJ McKee will happen in May despite the ‘Strabanimal’ calling the unbeaten American out on Friday night.
 
Gallagher put in a short shift at Belfast’s SSE Arena when seeing off Israel’s Kirill Medvedovsky in less than three minutes.
 
In his post-bout interview, the 20-year-old looked directly into the camera and told McKee, “AJ McKee you’re next, London, May 19. I’m going to strangle you. You come here and I’ll show you who is real – I’m real and you are getting done in one.”
 
The two men have been trading bad tempered verbals on social media for several months and McKee wasted no time in responding to the challenge, quickly Tweeting, “Sign the contract so I can get away with legally murdering you in that cage little man.”
 
With Gallagher already well on the way to being MMA’s new poster boy and having drawn sell out crowds to his last two shows in Dublin and Belfast, the encounter with McKee looked to be a no brainer for Bellator.
 
But speaking to the Strabane Chronicle this week, James Gallagher said he did not believe the deal that would see him go toe to toe with McKee would be struck in time for the London show.
 
“It would be nice to get him but it might not happen for London. I have a few other names in my head so we’ll just have to see what happens,” he said.
 
Ahead of the showdown at the SSE Arena the Strabanimal had predicted a first round win over Medvedovsky by way of choke. And he was true to his word, first landing some decent punches on his opponent before taking him to the canvas and forcing the tap out.

After disposing of Medvedovsky on Friday night, Gallagher also sent out a second and somewhat gentler message, this time to his mum Doreen who was in the audience to see her boy win.

James Gallagher told a packed house, “I’d like to say a big happy birthday to my mother whose birthday it is on Sunday. She’s with me every step of the way and I wouldn’t be here without her.”

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