Sheffield’s Barry Awad - half way through a two-year boxing ban after testing positive for steroids - insists he harbours no resentment towards the brother he accused of landing him in trouble.
Awad, whose ring-name is Kid Galahad, will have to wait until September next year before he can return to competitive boxing after claiming one of his six brothers spiked his supplement powder.
The super bantamweight is still training twice a day and is adamant he will return firing all cylinders. He is supporting himself by living off his previously-banked earnings and is already planning his new campaign.
He keeps a forensic check on his day-by-day forced absence, telling The Star: “It is 322 days, 14 hours and 15 minutes until the ban is lifted.”
“I am half way through the suspension and I am just getting on with it.
“There is no point being frustrated - if you let that happen it is beating you. I will be aiming to announce my next fight eight weeks before the day the ban is over on September 20” he said.
“I don’t believe in ring rust, I will come back just as strong and I have no intention of fighting journeyman. I want somebody like Kiko Martinez or someone of European level,” said Wincobank-based Awad.
Awad has always protested his innocence of knowingly taking performance enhancing steroid Stanozolol, saying a row with his brother triggered the malicious contamination of his supplement.
“I don’t see him. I might do in the future at a family member’s house but it doesn’t matter. My mum gave him a rollicking,” he said.
“Family is family and it doesn’t help anybody to carry grudges. It doesn’t do any good to carry that attitude around. Everybody has their time, what goes around comes around. But I don’t wish him any harm and I have no hatred for him.”
Awad admits some people will always think he is a drugs cheat.
But he says the support of family, friends and in particular the Ingle boxing family more than compensates for that.
“Some people might think I did it, they might think that again when I come back,” he said.
“They might think I have been doing it my whole career.
“People don’t understand the full situation; they just don’t know. Nobody has said anything critical to me, personally. And people who know me in the community know I’m not like that. Brendan, Dominic and John (Ingle) have supported me.
“I will be 26 when I come back to box again, so I have got years ahead of me.”
When he returns to the ring, Awad won’t have the vacant IBF Youth, Commonwealth or European titles he collected over the last few years.
But he will have his 18-match unbeaten record and a hunger to take on the likes of Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg.
“Frampton and Quigg will fight each other soon and that will be good for them financially and good for the sport” said Awad.
“I am not jealous of them. They are just fighters like me, and their time is now.”