Confident Galahad aims to extend run

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KID Galahad is not superstitious about his 13th professional fght, scheduled for Saturday.

“I train all year round and I am ready at any time for anybody - I’m not worried about the 13th at all,” says Sheffield’s unbeaten WBC International super bantamweight champion.

“I don’t know who I am fighting but I never take anybody lightly,” he says, ahead of the Channel 5 show from the Glow exhibition centre in Bluewater, Kent.

“This fight is about ticking-over. Two fighters have pulled out of fighting me, (Canada’s) Steve Molitor and (Ireland’s) Willie Casey, and I like to be active.

“I will get this one out of the way and then defend my title against Casey in December.”

Southpaw Casey is WBO Inter-Continental super bantam title holder, so that should be a cracking fight.

Galahad, whose real name is Abdul Barry Awad, is currently ranked fourth, domestically, behind Rendall Munroe (Leicester), 24-2-1 2: Scott Quigg (Manchester), 23-0-1 and Carl Frampton (Belfast), 15-0.

But he fears none of them.

“I could beat all of them,” he says. “Munroe has taken on opponents at a decent level, but I would beat him.”

Galahad’s fitness, borne of hours of disciplined training at the Ingle gym is legendary. He came first in recent ‘bleep tests’ - ahead, even, of Kell Brook, who is one fight away from a world title shot.

“I am competitive and don’t want to come anywhere other than number one in anything I do,” the 22-year-old said.

“The tests are all about how fast you recover and I was pleased I came top.

“Kell is in tremendous shape (ahead of his October 20 title eliminator against Hector Saldivia at Sheffield Arena.)

“He is stronger, quicker and sharper than I have ever seen him.

“Nutrition is a big part of that. Personally, Dominic (Ingle; trainer) sorts all my food out. I don’t eat fillet steak for breakfast like Kell does...porridge is good enough for me!”

Galahad has been preparing for Saturday’s fight by sparring with the likes of Sheffield’s Scott Jenkins, Nottinghamshire’s Leigh Wood and Cambridgeshire’s Jordan Gill.

The bill includes James DeGale’s first fight under the Hennessy Sports promotions, as well as Tyson Fury, Kid Galahad and Chris Eubank Junior.