Kid Galahad has blown the mind of boffins at Hallam University.
The boxer has been regarded in the past as the fittest specimen at the Ingle gym, Sheffield.
And now he has put other sportsmen in the shade, following a series of scientific tests at Hallam, the University that also keeps tabs on Kell Brook’s metabolism.
Alan Ruddock, Applied Physiologist of Sport Performance at the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity, put Galahad (aka Barry Abdul Awad) through the gruelling programme of tests.
The first saw the fighter running at different speeds before tests were carried out on his fatigue levels, blood and heart rate.
Ruddock said the results, compared to previous tests on Galahad, showed the superbantamweight had markedly improved his ability to operate at high intensity.
“Then we give him the ‘max’ test, where we take him to absolute exhaustion, until he can literally do no more” said Ruddock.
“We’ve had boxers in before, we’ve had mountain bikers, lots of endurance athletes. Barry is one of the fittest people we’ve had and the particular type of max test that we do, nobody has touched the speeds that he’s up to, so he really is in top condition. He is up there, if not the best, that’s been reported.
“Barry is in such good condition that any tiny changes that we see i will reflect well when he fights...and we’ve seen more than a tiny change.”
Ruddock said the tests were similar to what the boxer would do in a fight in three minutes long sequences.
The scientists were particularly impressed by Galahad’s sense of balance - not a bad quality for a switch hitter to have. His unusually low body fat percentage also helped his overall physical status.
Galahad fights Jazza Dickens fight for the British Lonsdale Belt at the Magna Centre, on Saturday, September 14.
n Sheffield will have two shows staged on the same day, September 21. Glyn Rhodes’ camp are on at the Concord Centre that night, while Dennis Hobson’s team will lay claim to the Octagon. Their bill includes the British Masters Bronze Title clash Sam Matkin v Lee Mould, Lewis Taylor v Joe Walsh, Femi Fehintola v Kas Hussain and Carl Spencer v Carl Barker.
n Sheffield’s Lee Connelly has been sparring Rendall Monroe and Jamie Sampson in preparation for his toughest test. Connelly, who trains in Dronfield with Andy Marlow at S18 gym, says: “I’m the underdog and that’s how I like it.”
The bout is on the under card of Ricky Burns’ world title fight in Glasgow this Saturday.