The young fighter from Sheffield, Kid Galahad looks to continue on the road to redemption as he returns to the ring on the undercard of the blockbuster fight – Brook vs Golovkin.
The event taking place on September 10th at the illustrious O2 Arena.
Although all the attention will be on the main attraction, with his stablemate Kell Brook looking to defeat the most feared fighter on the planet, many eyes will be glued to see how the former European, British and Commonwealth 122lbs champion Galahad takes care of business.
Undefeated (19-0) he goes into his fight oozing with confidence. He told Boxing News and Views:
“I’m very confident, I never cut corners. I’ve trained extremely hard and I’m in tiptop shape physically and mentally.”
The 26-year-old fighter is going into unknown territory when he steps in the ring on the 10th September having never fought in the big London arena before.
But Galahad is rather optimistic and is looking forward to the massive event, which sold out in just eleven minutes flat. He added:
“I’ve always wanted to fight at the O2 in London. All the big fights in the UK happen there so I’m very excited to be fighting on such a huge bill.”
Kid Galahad, whose real name is Barry Awad – had his promising career put on halt after his infamous doping ban back in 2014, denying him a world title shot later that year. Reflecting on the lowest point of his career he said:
“In life there is disappointments, but you can’t let things physically, mentally and emotionally affect you because they will break you.”
Ring rust is a potential issue for any fighter after being away from the ring for such a long time, but Awad doesn’t believe one bit in the theory. Making reference to the greats in the game he said:
“Muhammad Ali took three years out and came back to beat George Foreman without a warm-up fight. Floyd Mayweather came back after 18 months to dominate Manuel Marquez. I’ve kept myself in shape.”
Returning to the ring after his extended absence from the sport he got the boulder rolling again when he stopped his opponent Simas Volosinas in the 4th round.
The super-bantamweight’s display showed the boxing world he’s slowly getting back to his best, something which might cause concern for the likes of Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, with Kid Galahad adamant he’d:
“Beat them with ease.”
Regardless of his past the Qatari born boxer, who asserts he is the “best 122 pounder in the world”, has skill and class in abundance is something you can’t take away from him.
With no losses to his name, combined with his grit determination to “win a world title”, don’t be surprised to see him on the back pages anytime soon.
This time – for the right reasons.
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