‘Life changing’ deal for The Strabanimal


JAMES Gallagher is ‘on top of the world’ and is looking to the future with positivity and confidence after signing a six fight deal with Bellator. “The deal is life-changing for me and my family and it’s going to put me in a position that I don’t think there are many people around who have […]


Gallagher wants to put on ‘Golden’ display


By Chris Caldwell HE’S shown before that he can overcome adversity and James Gallagher is determined to prove he can do it again as the headline act in Dublin’s 3Arena on Saturday night. The ‘Strabanimal’ suffered his first ever defeat in the Bellator ranks back in August when Ricky Bandejas inflicted a shock first round […]


Gallagher’s back and ‘better than ever’


FOLLOWING the announcement that James Gallagher would return to action as the headline act in Dublin on February 23, the ‘Strabanimal’ is eager to show he is back to his best after suffering a shock first defeat to Ricky Bandejas in August. The 22-year-old Strabane native will take on Steven ‘Golden’ Graham at Bellator: Gallagher […]


Denis achieves 3rd Dan status


DEVLIN Martial Arts’ co-founder, Denis Devlin travelled to Manchester on St Patrick’s Day to participate in a black belt grading run by the Cobra Martial Arts Association (CMAA). Denis was attempting his 3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate and after hours of extensive testing, which included several katas, full contact sparring and technical combinations, he finally […]


International medal success for Strabane Shotokan Club


By Chris Caldwell THREE members of Strabane Shotokan Karate Club enjoyed a successful start to their seasons at the seventh annual Ishoj Karate Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark, over the weekend, with one of them claiming a bronze medal. Twenty-five year-old James McFadden, a first dan black belt, was arguably the star of the show among […]


Castle K1’s Cara claims debut win


By Chris Caldwell A 12-year-old member of Castle K1 Kickboxing Club in Castlederg secured a stunning victory in her first ever ISKA (International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association) full contact fight in the White Horse Hotel, Derry, on November 18. Cara Devlin, who only joined the steadily growing club a year ago, has showed impressive […]


Coach Kavanagh promotes three local combatants


SBG Strabane were delighted to welcome back SBGi head coach, John Kavanagh for a much anticipated seminar. Large numbers were in attendance and enjoyed expert tuition with John displaying some of his favoured techniques. The seminar ran for over two hours, which went down well with the highly appreciative practitioners.John awarded a promotion to SBG […]


Injury forces ’Strabanimal’ out of homecoming bout


A KNEE injury has forced James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 at Dublin’s 3Arena where he was to face American opponent Jeremiah Labiano. The 20-year-old made an announcement confirming a torn LCL and PCL on his Instagram account early this morning. While devastated that his homecoming bout has had to be shelved, Gallagher is determined […]