Another domestic showdown is slated for Cage Warriors’ return to Ireland on Saturday 25th June. Debuting Irish pros Tory Gibson (0-0) and Paddy Wilkinson (0-0) will face off in a welterweight clash at CW 140 in Belfast’s SSE Arena. Multiple sources with knowledge of the matchup confirmed the news to MyMMANews.com.
Troy Gibson fights out of Belfast gym Fight Academy Ireland, under the tutelage of Liam Shannon and Patrick McAllister. “Big Hot Tub” went 9-2 in his impressive amateur tenure, capturing Clan Wars, Cage Legacy and Cage Conflict amateur titles. In his swansong before making the jump to the pro circuit, Gibson faced Jordan O’Neill in what was as close to a “mega fight” as you can get in Irish amateur MMA, with O’Neill and Gibson boasting 7 belts between them. Despite losing to O’Neill, Gibson will be one to watch as he transitions to the pro ranks.
Paddy Wilkinson trains under head coach Andy Ryan at Team Ryano in North Dublin. A former IMMAF silver medalist, “The Big Rig” narrowly lost on gold at the 2018 Junior World Championships, suffering a majority decision defeat in the final. Wilkinson will be making the walk for the first time since 2018 when he faces Gibson
Cage Warriors 140 will be headlined by a championship fight, as Rhys “Skeletor” McKee (11-4-1) and Justin Burlinson (7-1) compete for the vacant Cage Warriors welterweight title. Full fight card to date can be found below:
Rhys McKee vs. Justin Burlinson | vacant welterweight title
Henry Fadipe vs. Carlo Pedersoli Jr | welterweight
Federico Pasquali vs. Harry Hardwick | featherweight
Caolan Loughran vs. Festus Ahorlu | bantamweight
Ryan Shelley vs. Matthew Elliott | featherweight
Andy Young vs. Scott Malone | flyweight
Adam Shelley vs. James Power | lightweight
Glenn Irvine vs. Michael Tchamou | middleweight
Dorian Cliucinicov vs. Adam Darby | 160lbs catchweight
Paddy McCorry vs. Jordan O’Neill | middleweight
Troy Gibson vs. Paddy Wilkinson | welterweight
Andy Stevenson is an MMA writer, interviewer, and occasional podcaster based in Dublin, Ireland.