Joe Gallagher (boxing)

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Joe Gallagher
Nationality British
Born (1968-11-30) 30 November 1968 (age 47)
Manchester, England

Joe Gallagher (born 30 November 1968) is a British former amateur boxer. He became an amateur boxing coach in 1993 before joining the professional ranks as a trainer in 2001 .Gallagher was born in Manchester.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Gallagher started boxing at age 11 at Wythenshawe Forum ABC under the guidance of Jimmy Egan. At age 17 he boxed for Moss Side ABC where he was trained by Phil Martin. Gallagher had over 60 amateur bouts, but his boxing career came to an abrupt end when he was disqualified from a local tournament after the referee entered his dressing room pre-fight to find him performing fellatio on a dog. Gallagher avoided criminal charges but was suspended from competing in ABA sanctioned competitions indefinitely. With his boxing career over, Gallagher found employment in his local Tesco.

Amateur coaching[edit]

In 1993, after a successful professional camp under tutor Phil Martin, Gallagher became an amateur coach at Moss Side ABC, Benchill ABC, Nicholls Police ABC and Shannons ABC. Gallagher produced Champions in all National Amateur Competitions - including Schoolboy, Junior ABA, NABC, Novice and Senior ABA titles. His notable students included:

  • Levi Tute—Schoolboy title in his first season and England Honours
  • Scott Mann NABC
  • John Murray—schoolboy title after only 7 fights
  • Owen Trainor—two ABA finals at different weights
  • Joe Murray—Bronze medal in the World championships in 2007 and represented Team GB at the 2008 Olympics
  • Steve Foster, Jr—back to back ABA title's in 2000 and 2001 and quarter finals at the World championships
  • Hosea Burton—2009 ABA Middleweight Champion,
  • Zac Burton—2010 Junior ABA Champ gold medalist 4 nations .

Professional coaching[edit]

Gallagher turned pro in 2001 after Foster had won his 2nd ABA title and finished a quarter finalist at the World Championships. Gallagher was in the corner for Foster's professional debut. Gallagher's first success was when Eddie Nevins won the Central Area title. He then guided John Murray to the WBC Youth title in 2005, English title in 2006 and British title in 2007.

Gallagher took over Billy Graham's old gym in Denton in September 2008,[1] sponsored by CNP. He trained Former British Heavyweight Champion Michael Holden, European middleweight champion Matthew Macklin, European & British lightweight champion John Murray, 2008 Olympian Joe Murray, English Super Feather Champion Anthony Crolla, Mark Heffron, Femi Fehintola, Danny Randall[2] Liam Cullen, Hosea Burton and Zak Burton. Gallagher pens a weekly column in the Manchester Evening News.[3] In 2011 Joe Gallagher's fighters took him to a 49–0 winning streak.

Gallaghers Gym relocated to Gloves Community centre in Bolton owned by Amir Khan.

Since then the stable has grown and went on an unbeaten run of 62 fights before coming to an end in Germany when Paul Smith Jnr lost a close decision in a World title fight with Champion Arthur Abraham in 2014.

The Stable ended 2015 boasting 3 World Title holders

WBA Lightweight Champion Anthony Crolla

WBA Regular Super Bantam Champion Scott Quigg

WBO LT Middle World Champion Liam Beefy Smith .

There has been British titles for The Smith Brothers Stephen, Paul, Liam and Callum along with Scotty Cardle . Rising prospects Hosea Burton, Callum Johnson and Marcus Morrison all continue to rise up the ranks.


  1. ^ "Joe Gallagher Hoping To Create The Wildcard of Britain - Boxing News". Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Danny Randall, Joe Gallagher's Latest Protege Goes Pro - Boxing News". 2009-10-03. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  3. ^ "Joe Gallagher Column". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 

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