INGLE DUO Richard Towers and Kid Galahad opened up the Amir Khan-Paul McCloskey show and preserved their unbeaten records with steady performances.
Super-bantamweight Galahad, 21, was first up at the MEN Arena on Saturday and earned a shutout points victory over former Welsh champion Dai Davies. The youngster kept his cool during the four rounder and picked his shots well. Davies was cut above the eye in the third thanks to a right uppercut, though it was deemed a clash of heads by ref Michael Alexander. With three rounds in the bag, Galahad could afford to showboat in the final round and unleashed some Naz-like switch-hitting.
Not five minutes after Galahad’s victory, trainer Dominic Ingle was back in the corner to overlook heavyweight Richard Towers’ win over Belarusian Raman Sukhaterin. There are few heavyweights as tall as six feet eight Towers and he used his advantage to jab away at Sukhaterin, whilst also landing body shots at will. Towers stepped up the pace and intensity in the fourth round and Sukhaterin had had enough, retiring in the corner prior to the start of the fifth round.
Galahad now has six straight wins to his name whilst Towers has ten.
Galahad said: “He didn’t give me any trouble at all. If I’d have had six rounds I’d have stopped him but a win’s a win.”
Towers just had to go through the motions to earn his win. He said: “I was holding back a bit on my shots. I wasn’t really sinking them in like I could have, but I could tell in his eyes that they were hurting him. It was just a matter of time before he crumbled.”
The arena at 6.30pm was a far cry from the electric atmosphere that greeted Khan’s successful world title defence against Northern Irishman McCloskey, but neither fighter minded. “You know nobody really cares about your result but I’d trained hard and I was ready to put on a good show, said Galahad.
“There were a few of my mates in the crowd and hopefully now I can get a six rounder on a Kell Brook show.”
After a troubled past that saw Towers serve time in prison, he’s proud to box on a world title fight, even if the arena was almost empty.
“To put it into perspective, six years ago I was in a cell finishing up a 13 year sentence. Back then there’s no way I’d have believed I could have got this far in boxing. I just want to keep stepping up now.”