SHEFFIELD’S new boxing star is Kid Galahad - the WBC International super-bantamweight champion, after an impressive points win over Nottingham’s Jason Booth, writes Graham Walker.
The Hennesey Sports promotion, in association with The Star - live on Channel 5 - was a match of youth against experience, as 21-year-old Galahad, from the Brendan Ingle stable, overcame Booth, aged 34.
Booth has now lost four of his last five outings, but he started well and wobbled Galahad with a head shot at the end of the first round, resulting in a standing count from referee Mark Green.
It shocked the crowd and was Galahad’s wake up call to up the tempo in the next round, with some quality combinations.
Galahad, real name Abdul Barry Awad, began to take control and a big left hand saw Booth sag to knees in the fourth round, before regaining his composure. But it was a turning point.
As the home fighter grew in confidence, Booth slowed down and appeared to struggle with the the tempo of the fight.
Fight fans were on the edge of the seats in the seventh, as Booth struggled to cope and a stoppage looked likely. But the experienced fighter, who had his first European title fight when Galahad was only nine, managed to survive.
He was rocked again in the eleventh with a big right hand, which drew blood from his mouth. Booth slipped early in the twelfth and final round, but he held on to hear the final bell.
The scorecards read 120-109, 118-111 and 118-110, which saw Galahad presented with the belt,once held by the likes of Manny Pacquiao.
He’s now won 11 and lost none of his professional bouts. His next likely contender is the.current European champion Kiko Martinez - while Booth, with a record of 39-9 will be considering his future, possibly hanging up his glovers or stepping back down to bantamweight.
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