Ingle star aims to end rival’s proud record

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Kid Galahad is not in boxing to win friends.

The Upperthorpe, Sheffield talent, 23, hinted that he does not necessarily recognise Saturday’s British title rival James Dickens (Magna, Rotherham) as his toughest test yet. Just because Liverpudlian Dickens, like Galahad, has an unbeaten stretch, it does not mean that they are on a level footing.

Some, including the trainers of Gavin McDonnell and Josh Wale, who fight a fortnight later in an eliminator to challenge the winner of Galahad v Dickens, see Galahad as a heavy favourite. Galahad agrees: “Just because a kid is unbeaten it doesn’t mean he’s going to be a hard fight.

“There are loads of fighters with losses on their records who can give you hell. Dickens has not beaten the tough kids like I have. I’m not his friend. I’ll be too much for him and won’t be taking it easy.”

Galahad previously shone against Wale, whereas Dickens toiled with average fighter Dai Davies, who Galahad beat easy. Still, this is the British title and Galahad recognises that Dickens wants to win. But the Ingle fighter said: “Kell Brook was British champion but Naseem Hamed never was. Sometimes you take different routes but we will all end up at the same location, as world champions.”

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