JAMES Gallagher has vowed to make Jeremiah Labiano ‘crumble’ at Wembley Arena tomorrow night.
“I’m going to make sure there’s only one result!,” he promised. “I want to take my time, break him down and bust him up.
“I’ll take it shot by shot, I’ll be calm because I’m no rush in there. I’ll be calm, pick my shot and I feel like if I do that, he’ll crumble.
“It will depend on how long it takes him to crumble because I know he’s tough, so I just have to be patient and not get carried away.”
‘The Strabanimal’ has followed his usual preparation regime ahead of his 140lb Catchweight bout with the Californian, but he feels ‘more focused and excited’ for this bout.
That may have to do with the wait the 22-year-old Tyrone man has faced before being able to get into the Octagon with Labiano, who has 12 wins and six defeats in his career.
The pair were due to fight in November 2017 but those plans were cancelled when Gallagher suffered a potentially career-ending knee injury.
“I feel like I’ve upped it a lot for this one and I’m feeling a lot more focused and excited for this one. It’s a tough fight, but it’s a good one to get me up out of bed in the morning,” he explained.
“I always prepare in Dublin. Even if the fight’s abroad I’ll wait until the last 10 days before I travel out.
“I just rather have it that way because I’ve got the best team here, so there’s no point in going away – don’t fix it if it’s not broke!
“It can be a good thing and a bad thing because sometimes it’s good to get away from distractions, but I just tend to keep things simple and keep the head focused.
“I don’t need to do anything too different – I want to fight and I want to win.”
Since that injury set-back in 2017, Gallagher has suffered his one and only Bellator defeat, a shock first round loss at the hands of Ricky Bandejas in Soux Falls last December.
However, he bounced back in style to ease past Stephen ‘Golden’ Graham in Dublin in February, which has set him up nicely for his encounter with Labiano in London.
“I look forward to all my fights, but this is a good fight for me and a good test in different ways and I feel like I’m in need for that test, I’m ready for that test and I’m looking forward to proving to myself that the kind of problems he’ll bring that I’m able for them,” he observed.
“It’ll be good for me as a person and to see where I’m at as an athlete but I think I’m going to go in there and not get touched!”
Gallagher’s bout will be broadcast live on Sky Sports tomorrow night.