TWO days after thrilling a live TV audience and recording his 12th straight win, Kid Galahad was back at the place he knows best: Sheffield’s Ingle gym.
A few bruises were not going to put the 22-year-old off from ticking over, even if it was so soon after demolishing South Yorkshire rival Josh Wale. Praise for the comprehensive way that the superbantamweight - aka Abdul Barry Awad - won a defence of his WBC international belt has been fulsome. But in a sport where any supposed weakness are highlighted in merciless detail, some observers continued to question the victor’s strength and hitting power.
While his technique, defence and concentration levels are excellent, some pundits think he has to become more concussive.
Brendan Ingle, the old fox who has seen it all before, admits that is an area for improvement. “People say to me he should knock more people out (he has a 41 per cent KO rate.) “But I remember when Naseem Hamed came to our gym at six or seven and he took a while before he could start hitting hard,” said Ingle.
“Barry is focused and his timing was spot on - the way he made the other fella (Wale) miss and then countered was excellent. And confidence growing from performances like that will help him achieve more power.
“And don’t get me wrong, it’s not too bad as it is now. I have him on the pads in the gym and he nearly knocks my shoulders off,” said Ingle.
“I felt sorry for the other fella when the punches started getting through to his face. Barry was taking him to pieces. All that is needed now is time and patience and he will start knocking them out.”
Ingle said he was pleased to see Galahad back training so quickly. “I just smiled at him. He’s great to watch. Hamed underachieved, Johnny Nelson overachieved - now we are looking forward to seeing what Barry does.”
Exciting newcomer Kal Yafai will debut on the undercard of Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight showdown with Carson Jones on July 7 at Sheffield Arena. Brook said of the 22-year-old Brummie: “I’ve seen Kal down at the EIS and I’m really impressed.”