Brendan Ingle has seen most things in the sport of boxing.
His Wincobank, Sheffield gym has produced an assembly line of champions for years - and it’s not slowing down any time soon.
But the wily old boxing trainer and mentor says he is beyond surprise at the development of European champion Kid Galahad, who aims to add the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) super bantamweight title to his collection on Saturday, at Ponds Forge. Galahad (aka Barry Awad) aims to win the strap at the expense of Australian visitor Fred Mundraby.
And Ingle thinks he is more than capable of doing that, and moving on further up the boxing pyramid.
Ingle, now aged 73, started his own pro boxing career in 1965, and says Galahad is a delight to observe in training: “He’s starting to move up now and he’s coming on leaps and bounds,” he said.
“The way he’s sparring, he’s making it look a walk in the park, but it’s not, he’s put in the time every day. Running, weights, footwork, sparring and everyone he’s sparring at the gym, it’s great to watch.
“You can see little moves he’s developing and it amazes me. He’s dedicated and he seems to be hitting really hard now. I’m over the moon watching him.
“I’ve started dodging him on the pads now, Dominic’s bigger than me (his son) and heavier than me, so I’m letting him take all the stick!”
Ingle says undefeated Galahad, 24, is in peak condition for the Saturday showdown.
“He’s looking really clever. I think the fight is going to be exciting while it lasts.
“He’s ready for anyone – I say that with pride because he puts the time in.”
Mundraby, 26, from Queensland, has only been beaten once in a 17-fight career - and that is when he went overseas. He was stopped in five rounds, in Japan, two years ago.
He will be underdog - although with an 86 KO% rate, is a clearly a dangerous opponent and not one Galahad is taking lightly.
* Tickets for the Galahad fight at Ponds Forge, on May 10, start at £35. Call 0114 223 3777.