For a man who has just lost out on a £300,000 pay day, Kid Galahad is in remarkably good spirits.
That’s how much the Sheffield fighter believes his purse would have been had domestic rival Scott Quigg’s camp taken up his promoter’s offer of a tear-up in Dubai.
Mick Hennessy sent an offer of £400,000 to WBA champion Quigg’s lawyer in the hope that the two domestic super-bantamweights could meet in December. The offer was turned down. It leaves Galahad, (18-0), waiting to hear who he will face instead at Ponds Forge, Sheffield in a more routine assignment.
“It is a pity that (Quigg) is not on, but this is boxing and it is a crazy sport” said the Wincobank super-bantamweight.
“It would have been a big purse for us both - and maybe no tax on it with it being in Dubai, but you can see why they turned it down. I sparred with Quigg when I was about 18 and gave him a good whupping.
“Maybe that is why his trainer Joe Gallagher doesn’t want anything to do with it.
“He knows I’d beat Quigg so even all that money is not worth it to him.
“But at some point Quigg is going to get badly beaten, I just wish it could have been me, in December.”
Instead, Galahad, real name Abdul Barry Awad, must wait for Hennessy to sign an opponent from the top 10 in either the WBC, WBA or IBF governing bodies.
Ideally, Galahad, and his trainer Dom Ingle, would love to see Kiko Martinez in the opposite corner.
Last month, the Spaniard was beaten by Belfast’s Carl Frampton in an IBF World title showdown.
A Galahad v Martinez match would provide an interesting comparison between the Ingle man and those at the top of the tree.
“That would be an other prefect fight for me” said the Sheffielder.
“He’s probably a tougher test than Quigg. But I hear he wants to get into acting or something, so that might never happen.
“But in boxing you can’t afford to get stressed about matches that don’t happen. There is no point.”
Things are good for Galahad outside as well as inside the ring.
Recently, he was awarded the 2014 ‘Young Boxer of the Year’ title, pipping Sheffield’s Adam Etches and Leeds’ Josh Warrington.
“It was a bigger honour than I’d expected - 50 top writers choosing the winner. I was following in the footsteps of Herol Graham, Naseem Hamed, Ryan Rhodes, Kell Brook and Herbie Hide.”