KID GALAHAD accepts that Saturday will bring the biggest test he has faced so far.
The Sheffield super bantamweight has 11 straight victories under his belt since turning professional under the guidance of the Ingles in September 2009. Around half of those bouts has seen Galahad, aka Abdul Barry Awad, finish matters early.
But this will count for little when the Shiregreen puncher takes on Brampton’s Josh Wale, 24, at Hillsborough Leisure Centre; the winner taking home the WBC International title which Galahad won in February, courtesy of a points victory over Jason Booth at the Magna Centre.
“This will be the toughest test so far” said the Sheffielder.
“Wale is in his prime, fresh, hungry and is coming to win. It is not going to be a walk in the park for either of us. Wale has a reputation for being tough, but no matter how tough you are if you keep getting hit on the chin, eventually you’ll go down.”
Galahad has not bothered to watch DVDs of his prey, saying that his own performance will dictate events.
“My tactics will be to use my supreme boxing skills,” he said. “He will soon realise he is in deep water and is boxing someone different to those he has faced before (Wale has a W14 L3, D1 record.)
“I will approach this in whatever way I have to, to win...whether it is on the back foot and boxing his head off or coming forward and going after him.”
The 5ft 6ins fighter says his preparation has been faultless this time, although he admits that wasn’t the case against Nottingham’s Booth, whom he beat over 12 rounds. “A couple of things went wrong in the gym. I over-trained and felt tired against Booth. I over did it because I was so excited at winning the title. I was operating at maybe 50 per cent.
“I didn’t feel anything like when I beat Paul Griffin (first round KO, Belfast, September 2011.) But I have learned from that and now I feel sharp, strong and powerful,” said Galahad.
Wale has never competed more than 10 rounds and that could be a benefit to Galahad, too, says the Ingle boxer.
He said: “It might just be six minutes, but these are Championship rounds and he hasn’t done that. That’s where the fight could be won.”
The weigh-in for the show will be held at Meadowhall tomorrow, 1pm.
* Tickets for this Star backed fight are available at the Hennessy Sports Box Office at 01925 755 222 or at www.hennessysports.com.