JAMES Gallagher is feeling sharper than ever ahead of his return to the octagon on April 6 when he will take on home town favourite Adam Borics in Budapest after recovering from a serious knee injury that has kept him out of action since October.
“Training is going well, couldn’t be better. I must have just needed a rest because the knee feels sharper and better than ever,” confirmed the unbeaten featherweight.
“I’m feeling good, I’m getting to where I want to be, which is half the battle. It will be my first time fighting in Budapest, which will be a bit of craic! He’s unbeaten too, 6&0, he’s the home town guy but he will be beaten in the few weeks!”
‘The Strabanimal’ was hoping to follow last June’s emphatic demolition of Chinzo Machida at Madison Square Garden with a similar performance as the headline act in Dublin’s 3Arena against Jeremiah Labiano in November when disaster struck.
While training for his first bout at home since his submission of American Anthony Taylor in December 2016, Gallagher heard a sound similar to ‘a branch snapping’ coming from his knee.
It turned out that he had torn both his Posterior Cruciate and Lateral Collateral ligaments and the initial diagnosis wasn’t good. It was feared that the 21-year-old would be out of action for at least nine months, but thankfully the damage turned out not to be as severe as the initial scans suggested.
“It was the worst thing ever, especially the being in limbo part when I didn’t know how bad it was,” James explained.
“You hope it’s not going to be too bad, but when I got my scan it showed it was worse than what we initially thought and that I’d be out for nine months.
“But when they opened me up for the operation they saw that it wasn’t as bad as they expected, but I’ve had to do as I’m told to recover and get back so quickly.”
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