Kid Galahad is not persuaded by any suggestion he is going to “walk through” his Commonwealth super bantamweight title opponent on Saturday.
Australian Fred Mundraby, 26, is regarded as a natural super flyweight and pundits think he won’t have the strength or power to resist the Sheffield boxer (real name: Abdul Barry Awad.)
“If I go in there and try and walk through this kid he is liable to beat me, you can’t underestimate anybody. He is a good opponent” he said on video at thestar.co.uk
“He has got a completely different style to other kids I have boxed in the past, he can do a bit of everything, he’s slick, he’s a good all-round boxer and he can punch a bit. It’s my hardest test yet.
“I have prepared for 12 rounds, if it goes the distance it goes the distance, but the kid is good. He is slick, he can punch, a dangerous kid, I can’t go in there and afford to make mistakes because he will punish me.”
It is only seven weeks since Galahad beat Sergio Prado for the European title. But the 24-year-old former Myers Grove and Hinde House School pupil isn’t feeling any fatigue.
“You know me, I am never out of the gym” he said. “I’ve trained hard, put everything into it and can dig deep when I have to.”
Galahad, who lived in Liverpool from the age of three to 10, believes it might be a cagey start on Saturday, at Ponds Forge. “The first two or three rounds could be technical, he’s good boxer I can’t afford to go in there and be complacent and make mistakes.”
The respect is clearly mutual. Mundraby says the unbeaten Ingle man has “awesome footwork and good hands.” But the Aussie warns: “I didn’t come here to lose.”
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