Sheffield sparring partner backs Kid

Atif Shafiq lands against Pavels Senkovs
Atif Shafiq lands against Pavels Senkovs
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Atif Shafiq has a special reason for hoping Kid Galahad wins tonight and becomes European champion.

That’s because he feels he has become a better boxer himself after the experience of training and sparring with Galahad (Barry Awad) in Sheffield’s Ingle gym.

The Rotherham boxer, 20, is on Galahad’s Ponds Forge undercard this evening, aiming to extend his nine-straight win record against Michael Mooney, from Worcester. On May 9, he is out again at iceSheffield against Sheffield’s Joe Rodgers.

Shafiq said: “The preparation has been great and I’ve been helping Barry out with the sparring for his fight and I’ve also been sparring the likes of Jordan Gill, who unfortunately isn’t on this bill but is another great prospect.

“With Barry the sparring is great, you learn so much from him.

“He’s at a top level, just below world level at the moment but he’ll get there and it’s just invaluable experience.

“It felt great to get my first KO last year (Ibrar Riyaz, first round, Leeds) it really finished last year with a bang. I hurt the guy and jumped on the opportunity.

“It means the world to get to 10 pro fights. Not everyone manages to get to 10 pro fights and 10 pro wins and that’s definitely what I’m aiming for – an unblemished career.

“The main aim for me is by next year when I’m 21 to win a British title, so I want to progress through the rankings and try and get in the top 10 in England this year.

“This is my first fight at super featherweight so I’m hoping to be explosive and razor sharp.I’ve had body transformation for this, so hopefully I’ll look good and perform well. It’s a new weight limit but with Dom’s fantastic diet, the weight is made, I feel in the best condition of my life – I feel great and I just can’t wait to get in there and put on an explosive performance.”

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