Kid Galahad has sent an extraordinary message to his British title rival Jazza Dickens: To beat me, you’ll have to kill me.
The Sheffield superbantamweight is a master of self-promotion.
And while his latest remarks might jar with some people, they illustrate his determination and swagger going into the September 14 contest at the Magna Centre, Rotherham to dispute the Lonsdale belt.
The slick boxer sent out this message: “I always make sure that I’m always at the top of my game, always, no matter what it is, whether it’s fitness or anything else in the gym. “Mental strength...the only way you’re going to lick me is by killing me - that’s the only way you’re going to beat me. Everything is on the line - pressure either makes you or breaks you. Pressure makes me - I like pressure, put pressure on me.”
Galahad, an Ingle counter-attack specialist, added: “Success drives me because I want to be the best out there, when I do get tired I just picture me being up there with the best fighters Britain has produced and that pushes me even further. I’m a born winner so I don’t like losing at anything, no matter what it is. I have to win at everything, so even if it means pushing me to the absolute edge I will push myself to the end to make sure that I get that win.”
Comparisons have been drawn between Galahad, 23, and former world champion Prince Naseem Hamed. After winning the WBC International title in less contests than it took Hamed - and less than even superstar Manny Pacquiao - Galahad is focused on reaching the top.
“That’s the elite level that I want to be, I want to achieve at least as much as them or even more, starting with the British title. I’m in the best shape of my life, I’m feeling dangerous and I’m ready to go .
“Jazza is a tough kid and he’s hungry and he’s going to come with everything he’s got. But my class is going to be too much for him. Some may see this as a 50/50 fight - he is a dangerous opponent, but on the night, I’m going to show I’m on a different level. I’m already the best in Britain and I’m going to show it in this fight. Make sure you tune in to see me take Jazza Dickens to school and show why I’m the best in Britain. September 14th I’m bringing the title back to Sheffield.
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Former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko, 36, - who faces Sheffield’s Kell Brook at the Arena in October, takes on Argentinian Carlos Jerez over 10 rounds on Saturday, in his native Ukraine.