A Milan master class


IT may have taken four attempts for them to finally meet in the ring but after the long wait, James Gallagher seemed in no mood to waste any more time on Saturday night as he dispatched Cal Ellanor inside the first round. The Strabanimal forced his Sunderland opponent to tap out four minutes and 31 […]


Fourth time lucky for Gallagher and Ellanor?


BELLATOR has announced that James Gallagher and Cal Ellanor are due to clash in Milan on October 3rd in what will be the fourth scheduled bout between the pair, who have yet to meet in the octagon. On each of the three previous occasions the ‘Strabanimal’ and his English opponent have been due to meet, […]


Strabane club moves sessions online


STRABANE Shotokan Karate Club has moved its training sessions online in order to help members retain some structure to their lives during this difficult period. Sensei Simon O’Dowd takes the Monday and Wednesday classes at their normal times, except he’s now taking them in an empty Dojo in front of his phone for his students […]


Gallagher’s planned bout AGAIN postponed again


JAMES Gallagher’s scheduled clash with Cal Ellenor, which was to be Bellator’s headline bout at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, on May 16th has been postponed because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. It’s the third time in the last nine months that a fight between the ‘Strabanimal’ and the Englishman has been called off. […]


Ironman Paddy joins the Black Belt ranks


HE’S better known for his feats of endurance, tackling and overcoming Ironman events, ultra marathons and demanding long distnace swims, but Paddy Logue has added another string to his bow by becoming a Black Belt in Chinese Kickboxing! He has been living in County Cheshire, England, for a decade and during that time he has […]


Silver medal success for Castlederg club


THE ISKA World Amateur kickboxing Championships came to Ireland for the first time in its history on October 15-19 when 26 countries were represented and over 1000 fighters were in action. Castlederg’s Castle K1 Kickboxing Martial Arts Academy had three members representing Ireland at the event – Morgan Bird, Jonny Henry and Steven Gailey and […]


Ventures II members enjoy medals success


VENTURES II travelled to the Burnfoot Invitational Karate competition. The youth competition, which is highly regarded in Karate circles, brought some new and young veteran competitors to the floor. The Ventures II team travelled early in the morning and began their competition with kata. Advertisement Almost straight away young Chloe McDaid put great performance and […]


‘The Strabanimal’ is ready for Salazar


HE was scheduled to fight Cal Ellenor in Dublin tonight, but due to abnormalities in a pre-fight brain scan, the Englishman was forced to withdraw, leaving Strabane’s James Gallagher without an opponent. However, less than two days after Ellanor’s witdrawal, Bellator announced that three-time UFC fighter, Roman Salazar would take on the ‘Strabanimal’ in what […]


‘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 […]