When Barry Awad joined the entourage escorting world champion Kell Brook into the ring a week ago, his mind wwas filled with one single thought: “This is the status I will achieve.”
Like Sheffield-stablemate Brook, Awad has been conditioned at the Ingle gym to pursue the Holy Grail of boxing - a global title.
He’s well on his way to joining Brook on that pantheon. First the British, then the European and next the Commonwealth super bantamweight title came his way.
The 24-year-old, known as Kid Galahad, has 17 straight wins (nine KOs) to his credit. On September 20 he defends the Commonwealth strap at Ponds Forge against Tyson Cave.
While not overlooking the Canadian southpaw, the Kid has his mind on more than that. “I am trying to get mandatory challenger for the world title” he said.
“It is the route John Ingle (manager) and Mick Hennessy (promoter) put me on. (It should be) two fights to get me in a mandatory position. But if I was me a fight for a world title I’d take it. Personally I don’t believe any of them would take me on.”
Awad’s last combat was a four round stoppage of Australian Fred Mundraby.
“The style I have got makes it look easy, but it wasn’t” said the Qatar -born athlete. “I was on point and I don’t think he realised what he was in the ring with. He was surprised and shocked. After the first round, he didn’t get over it.”
Awad seems as confident about his Cave fight as Brook did before outpointing IBF welterweight champ Shawn Porter.
When you are fighting for major titles you get “a certain amount of confidence” he said, adding: “I am more than just a European champion.
“I feel like I have gone up another level now, world level.”
Awad would love to fight domestic rivals Carl Frampton or Scott Quigg.
But he also has his eye on unbeaten Mexican Leo Santa Cruz, the WBC super bantamweight king and Guillermo Rigondeaux, the WBO ruler, from Cuba.