Better than Brook

Confident: Abdul Barry Awad, otherwise known as Kid Galahad
Confident: Abdul Barry Awad, otherwise known as Kid Galahad
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If YOU have a passing knowledge of boxing in Sheffield, you’re bound to know about the city’s current greats, like Kell Brook and Ryan Rhodes.

But it’s possible you’ve never heard of Abdul Barry Awad. Or even of his ring-name, the slightly-corny Kid Galahad.

Yet while you might not know him, there are a couple of million fight-fans in Britain who would instantly recognise him.

For Awad has had two starring roles in Channel 5 boxing programmes where an average of 2.7 million people watched him box.

The 21-year-old Qatar-born bantamweight explained: “I have been getting big hits on Channel 5. People who like my style watch me there.

“I have been on it twice now. It was sorted by my promoter Mick Hennessy, he got a deal I think it was a three year deal, with them.

“The figures were 3.2 million people, peaking, with an average of 2.7m. That’s good. But hopefully it will be more than that one day.”

As with many boxers from the Ingle gym which spawned Naseem Hamed, Jonny Nelson and Junior Witter, the trappings of TV and fame don’t seem to overawe this cocky Shiregreen kid. “I prefer to have that pressure because when you have got it on you, you don’t take any one lightly.

“You know you have got to perform when you get in the ring. Some people say I perform better under that pressure. My style is flashy, slick and fast.”

Awad, who works part-time in his uncle’s shop in Worrall, knows he has to have a high profile to succeed in this profession and isn’t scared of self-promotion.

He was a stand-out winner on Kell Brook’s under card, last weekend, KO’ing Aberdeen super featherweight James Ancliff, and plans, one day, to usurp him as the city’s top boxer. “I want to be bigger than Kell. My career will go far, very far. I will be the biggest star out of Sheffield” claimed the 5ft 6ins puncher.

“I spar and train with (welterweight) Kell all the time. He doesn’t get on top of me. It doesn’t matter that he is bigger than me; every advantage can have a disadvantage. Against size there is always speed” said Awad, as if quoting from the ‘Ingle Bible of Boxing.’

“The plan is to be bigger than him. But Kell is a very good role model, he trains very hard, you have seen how he performs, he’s a very good fighter, a very nice kid and good guy.”

Dronfield’s former Henry Fanshawe student Lewis Taylor, 21, has turned pro after 63 amateur bouts. Taylor boxed for England this year, which he regards as the highlight in his career so far.

His debut is at Don Valley Stadium on October 29. He said: “I love boxing and am training hard (with former IBF world champion Clinton Woods) for my debut – I want to get to the top of my game.”

Sheffield’s Glyn Rhodes signed Doncaster school teacher and former Hallam University student Daniel Slaney, who is to campaign at light heavyweight. He has had 40 amateur fights.