News April 2019

Kid Galahad looks to set up Quigg or Frampton showdown with European title win


By @jamacd2011

Over the past two years the names of Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton have become synonymous with the super-bantamweight division in Britain. Fans and pundits alike remain divided as to who is the domestic ruler. Although their rivalry and war of words continues to intensify, we appear to be no closer to them resolving this dispute in the ring.

While the spotlight has firmly focussed on the aforementioned pair, Kid Galahad (15-0, 8 KOs) has been forging his own path. This weekend the confident 24-year-old takes the next step in his career as he faces Sergio Prado (9-3-1, 3 KOs) for the vacant European title at Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield. A win here, he hopes, could lead to a showdown with either of the men ranked above him domestically.

“I’ve had the British, what Quigg had and now I’m going to have the European what Frampton had. Within 12 months I’ll be up there in the world rankings with them so they can’t try cut me out. They both know I have the style to beat them.” Kid Galahad enthusiastically told Livefight yesterday. “Hopefully I can fight either Scott Quigg or Carl Frampton in a world title fight or even a unification fight in the next year, let it build up more but if they are willing to fight right now, I’m willing to fight them. I know I have the style to beat them. I don’t know what they are looking to do, maybe they are letting the fight build up but I don’t think they’ll fight each other so I’m willing to fight either of them.”

Having formerly held the WBC Silver International title and the top 15 ranking that comes with it, it would appear the logical route for Galahad (real name Abdul Barry Awad) to take in his pursuit of a world title. With Carl Frampton one win away from challenging current champion Leo Santa Cruz the Sheffield fighter will be a keen observer if the fight comes to fruition.

“I think that’ll be a good fight but I think Leo Santa Cruz will edge it because he’s got a good jab and he’s got a good work rate on him. The only way I can see Frampton winning that fight is if lands the big shot on him. I don’t think Santa Cruz would let that happen, I think he’d have too much for Frampton to be honest.”

While the long-term goal is clear, he is fully focussed on the job immediately at hand. His opponent’s record may be far from exemplary but there is more to Prado than there appears to be on paper. Since a disastrous nine-month spell which saw him amass three defeats, the Spaniard has gone on a six-fight undefeated streak stretching back to 2011, with the only blemish on his ledger during that period being a technical draw with, former world title challenger, Andreas Evensen. Galahad isn’t underestimating him and is prepared for a tough fight.

“I’m expecting him to try and come out fast for the first four rounds. He’s going to try and land big shots because he probably thinks the only way he’ll win this fight is if he knocks me out. He can bang a bit and he looks really strong but on the night I’m going to be too quick, too clever and too good for him. When he gets in that ring he’ll realise that.”

As a product of the Ingle Gym, with hand speed, no shortage of self-confidence, and campaigning in a lower weight class; it’s no surprise that comparisons get made with the gym’s most notable exponent, Naseem Hamed. Although the ‘Prince’ was an inspiration to Galahad, he fails to see many similarities between their in-ring styles.

“The only thing me and Naz have in common is that we’re both from Yemeni descent and we’re trained by Brendan Ingle. Me personally, I don’t think I fight like Nas; I don’t fight with my hands down, I can’t just go in there and knock someone out cold with one shot like Naseem. I’m a craftsman, I break them down then take them out.”

This “craftsmanship” was on display last September as he claimed the British title, previously held by Quigg, in front of a terrestrial audience on Channel 5, against James ‘Jazza’ Dickens. The fight pitted two of the best prospects in country against each other with their undefeated records on the line, as well as the belt. Despite stopping his opponent in the tenth round. Galahad has studied the fight for flaws, determined to improve.

“I made a few mistakes but I’ve gone back, watched it and learnt from them. It was a good performance at the end of the day, I stuck to the game plan. It was a step-up from my last fight. People said it was a 50-50 fight, we are both young, we both were undefeated, we were both hungry, just the best man won on the night. Jazza is a very good fighter but I found another gear that he couldn’t find and took him out of there.”

A defence of the Lonsdale belt against Gavin McDonnell at the end of last year fell through after the challenger had to withdraw due to injury. With a lack of suitable challengers available and a shot at the European title immanent, he reluctantly vacated without defending.

“We tried getting the Gavin McDonnell fight a few times but it kept falling through. There was no one else to fight at British level; I’ve already boxed Jason Booth, I’ve already boxed Jazza, I’ve boxed Josh Wale. I’d boxed everyone in the domestic division really so my manager [John Ingle] said ‘why don’t you let a guy from the gym, called Leigh Wood, fight Gavin McDonnell for it’ so I said ‘why not’. I would have liked to win it outright but there was no one to fight so I’ve moved on to bigger opportunities.”

With his confidence matched only by his work ethic, Kid Galahad is determined to reach the top of the division. He hopes that another impressive performance will kick start an important year for him.

“I want to win the European and Commonwealth titles this year, hopefully, and get myself in the top five with all the sanctioning bodies, win a world title and move on to unifications.”

The English light heavyweight contest between Danny McIntosh and Travis Dickinson and the Central Area light heavyweight title clash between Matty Clarkson and Lee Duncan, along with Kid Galahad's European Super Bantamweight title fight against former Spanish champion Sergio Prado takes place at Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, on Saturday March 22, live on Channel 5.

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