JAMES Gallagher’s eagerly-anticipated comeback bout at Bellator 196 in Hungary against Adam Borics on April 6 has been shelved after the ‘Strabanimal’ suffered a fractured hand during training.
The 21-year-old felt ‘sharper and better than ever’ after recovering from a knee injury that kept him out of action since October. It was during the build-up to his scheduled headline homecoming bout in November against Jeremiah Labiano in Dublin, that he tore both his Posterior Cruciate and Lateral Collateral ligaments.
Following surgery and a period of rehabilitation, the unbeaten featherweight returned to full-time training and was confident of a winning return to action in Budapest.
However, while he admits to being ‘heartbroken’ after suffering another set-back, he has vowed to get back to his best once again, sooner rather than later, hopefully at Bellator 200 in London.
“[I] want to say sorry to everyone who was tuning to watch me fight for this setback,” he said via his Instagram account. “I was at 100 per cent healthy and ready to strangle everyone in this division once again, but I fractured my hand in an unlucky training accident.
“I stayed in the fight and would have done it with one hand easy, but unfortunately I couldn’t get medically cleared and had to step out.
“Thanks to all of you for the ongoing support, and rest assured to the ‘Jimmy Show’ will be back soon enough to clear out all of these bums.
“I’m absolutely heartbroken and devastated! I’ll regroup, stay fit and be clear to fight in May. I’ve a world champion mindset!,” he concluded.
Should he make his long-awaited comeback in London on May 25, he will be returning to action in the city where he made his Bellator debut back in 2016, winning via unanimous decision against Mike Cutting. Since then he has won three in a row, finishing Anthony Taylor, Krill Medvedovski and Chinzo Machida via his lethal rear-naked choke, a run of success that he will be eager to continue.