South Yorkshire local derby will put the smile back into boxing

Big hitters: Kid Galahad and Junior Witter.             Picture: Steve parkin
Big hitters: Kid Galahad and Junior Witter. Picture: Steve parkin
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SOUTH YORKSHIRE will this weekend show the rest of the country a thing or two when it comes to boxing.

So says WBC International super bantamweight title holder Kid Galahad, the Shiregreen, Sheffielder who takes on Brampton’s Josh Wales on a live Channel 5 show at Hillsborough Leisure Centre, tomorrow.

The sport’s headlines have been seized this week by the controversial Upton Park bill headed by David Haye’s grudge match against Dereck Chisora and the cancellation of Amir Khan’s world light-welterweight title rematch against Lamont Peterson following the American champion’s failed drugs test.

But Galahad says local boxers represent the highest ideals of the sport.

And he hopes that his contest with Wale will keep the tradition going in a region famed for its boxing history.

“Our fight on Saturday is good for South Yorkshire - local people know who both of us are, what we are about and I am sure they will be interested to see what happens between us.

“Some people across the country have fallen out of love with boxing and that whole Haye v Chisora thing which started in Germany (press room punch up) left a bad taste in the mouth. But on Saturday two young boxers will be going head to head and with the extra ingredient of it being a Sheffield v Barnsley punch up.”

Also on the bill is Sheffield’s former WBC world champion Junior Witter, 38, who goes after the British welterweight title currently held by Colin Lynes, whom he beat at European light welter title level back in 2005. Londoner Lynes, aged 35, earned the belt by beating Lee Purdy last year.

“I’m looking forward to it really,” Lynes told proboxing-fans.com.

“They are all good fighters in the top 10 so and Witter will come and make a good fight of it.

“It’s a chance to get one back for me, as he beat me on a close points decision.

“I’m a better fighter now, he may have improved and be a better fighter himself, so that makes me look forward to it even more.

“It’ll be fireworks on the night, a good defence for myself and the chance to get one back.”

For Witter, it’s a long way from the glorious WBC trinket that he won by beating DeMarcus Corley in 2006.

But the elder statesman is naturally fit and hard to pin down and is looking to extending his won 40 (KO 22) lost five (KO one) + drawn two; record.

“I’ve got a British title at home and I want another one. You can’t beat experience.”

Tickets for this Star backed show are available at the Hennessy Sports Box Office at 01925 755 222 or at www.hennessysports.com

Johnny Nelson will host the show’s weigh-in at Meadowhall, today, from 1pm.