It’s “boom” time for Kid Galahad.
Saturday night’s dramatic title tussle with Jazza Dickens for the British championship belt looked to be going the distance until the Sheffielder caught him with a crisp left hand to the chin.
Dickens - who proved himself to be a legitimate super bantamweight warrior at the Magna Centre, Rotherham, - sunk to the canvas. He had nothing left, it was over.
Silly me - or anyone else - who believed the fight was heading for a difficult-to-call points decision.
Galahad explained: “I knew he’d come out like a bull at the start, charging at me. But as soon as I found my range and distance: boom!”
It’s hard to know where such a defining punch came from.
There hadn’t been many stand-out blows over nine well contested earlier rounds.
And in that ninth session, South Yorkshire hearts were in their mouths when referee Mark Green stripped a point off Galahad for pulling his Merseyside opponent’s head down.
While Galahad’s trainer Dom Ingle had suggested Dickens would fade after eight rounds, it all seemed a little too uncertain as we ventured into the 10th.
Yet big-shouldered Dickens suddenly looked ragged, while Galahad, legs splayed and commanding the centre of the ring, decided the referee’s earlier point-penalty decision must not influence events.
He’d tired his man out - now he was finishing it off. Thus, a perfect game plan was executed.
Before the fight Galahad (Aka Barry Awad) had predicted in The Star it would be an easy night’s work.
“He is a good kid but I am seven or eight levels above him,” said the Shiregreen boxer.
But there’d been little to choose between the two for most of the night. Dickens, whose car broke down on the Pennines on the way to Sheffield on Thursday, motored powerfully through the early rounds.
His swinging left lead looked capable of causing a lot of damage. While 23-year-old Galahad, labelled a ‘powder puncher’ by the rival camp in the build-up, probed more patiently behind a quick jab, working carefully from a longer range.
Both men had bruises and cuts, yet neither were dominating the other. By the time round 10 started, you couldn’t really tell who would be losing their undefeated tag. But one man knew. That was Galahad as he caught his man on the right side of the jaw forcing the ref to wave the contest over.
The title puts a definite gold star on Galahad’s CV.
Ingle believes the Qatar born talent has served his apprenticeship in the paid ranks and is now equipped to fight for international and eventual world honours.
Galahad, who until recently was probably recognised more by Channel 5 viewers than he was in Sheffield, is now a genuine sporting figure in our city.
This young rebel-rouser got into boxing after a chance meeting with Naseem Hamed in a Sheffield mosque.
Now he is homing in on the likes of those higher up the super bantam ladder, Carl Frampton and Scott Quig.