JAMES GALLAGHER’s IMMAF World amateur mixed martial arts championships came to a disappointing end at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas this evening as he withdrew from his second round bout against Italian, Davide La Torre with injury.
The Stabane lightweight, representing Team Ireland, had cruised through his preliminary round after dispatching of American champion, Sam Agushi with an impressive third round rear-naked choke on Monday to get the championships off to a winning start for the John Kavanagh trained fighter.
And the ‘Strabanimal’ promised so much after that superb performance but his tournament came to an abrupt end, heading into his fight against La Torre after failing to shake off an injury he sustained in his first round match. Gallagher had been part of Conor McGregor’s training camp in Las Vegas for the past month and was confident of being crowned the new IMMAF world lightweight champion this Friday.
Gallagher felt he ‘held back’ during his first round fight against the American and had promised to improve on that display against the Team Italy fighter today.
“I could have made it look easier but I held it back a little,” he said. “I went in to have fun and I got the finish in the third round after the first two quite easy and successful rounds.
“Next time I’m not going to hold back!,” he promised.
However, he didn’t get the chance to prove his worth and will be hugely disappointed to bow out at this early stage.
I could have made it look easier but I held it back a little. I went in to have fun and I got the finish in the third round after the first two quite easy and successful rounds.James Gallagher