Paddy Gallagher vs Freddy Kiwitt

Freddy Kiwitt defeats Paddy Gallagher to claim WBO European title

Published On Wednesday, February 27, 2019By Tim Rickson

Freddy Kiwitt outpointed Paddy Gallagher to claim the WBO European welterweight title

Islington welterweight Freddy Kiwitt (15-2) is the new WBO European welterweight champion after winning the vacant belt with a mixed decision win over Commonwealth gold medallist Paddy Gallagher (15-5) at the York Hall on February 22.

The 28-year-old took did not get off to the best of starts as he sustained a cut over his right eye in the opening round, but he had the Belfast boxer down in the fifth and eighth rounds of the 10-round championship contest.

The Liberian-born welterweight gamely battled through the early injury before eventually being declared the winner by majority decision with ringside scores of 95-94, 95-93, 95-95.

'Pretty Boy' has now won all of his last three contests since conceding his Southern Area crown by a single point to Louis Greene in September 2017.

Also in action on the bill was Islington middleweight Billy Underwood who was fighting for the first time in over two years. The 21-year-old made his debut in February 2017, but injuries had stopped him from competing again until Friday. Underwood took on Yeovil rival Bryn Wain at York Hall and was able to claim a points victory to make it two wins from two in the paid ranks.