Gallagher out-guns Dixon with one punch knockout

Gallagher out-guns Dixon with one punch knockout

Mountain Ash’s Tony Dixon (7-1, 2KO) suffered a sickening knockout in his vacant Celtic title challenge against Belfast banger Paddy Gallagher (10-2, 6KO).

The ‘Welsh Terrier’ appeared to be in the ascendancy but was overeager and knocked out in the last 10 seconds of the opening round.

Gallagher uncorked a flush chopping right cross that sent Dixon flat on his front and when he rose on unsteady legs, Watford’s referee Bob Williams was justified in calling a halt to the contest.

Dixon respectfully protested to the official until long-term trainer Paul Paveltish from Mountain Ash Boxing Club came from the corner to console his charge.

Owning a slight height advantage, Dixon was willing to give it up in the early exchanges. There was little in it but the 23-year-old did appear to buzz Gallagher midway through the first round.

Keen to make the most of the opportunity, Dixon pressed forward behind a solid double jab but Gallagher used his experience. The visitor squeezed up his defence and looked to throw at the same time as Dixon, a tactic that wisely proved to be the difference.

Dixon has had it far harder than most other prospects, winning his maiden three outings on the road, but a title fight against Gallagher was the toughest assignment of his three-year career.

Gallagher was an experienced amateur and represented Ireland across the world, winning a Commonwealth Games gold medallist at the same time as Newport’s Sean McGoldrick in 2010 in Delhi, India.

The unused judges were Phil Edwards, Howard Foster and Ian John-Lewis.