They will be rooting hard in the Queens residence of Tommy Gallagher, NY boxing royalty, for Joe Smith to beat Bernard Hopkins in LA tonight.
..has trained Smith with the Capobianco brothers but was having circulation issues in his legs so he didn't trek to LA. “A few more weeks and I would have been there. But we win this absolutely,” Gallagher told me. “Hopkins is a disrespectful guy, no humility. Internally, inside, he's a bad guy. Joe has seen hard times and is humble. I think he's turned the corner and knows how important this is for his family. Maybe losing can bring humility to Hopkins. But I think he's a guttersnipe.”
Gallagher handled Ecuadorian Segundo Mercado, who fought B Hop twice, drawing in the first one (1994)…
…and losing by TKO in the second one (1995).
Yeah, his fingers will be crossed hard enough tonight watching on HBO to affect that circulation too. No love lost and hell, no love found in Hopkins from Gallagher.