They’ve brought glory to many, so it comes as no surprise that Kid Galahad is prepared to let the Ingle Gym select his path, after the Sheffield fighter secured the Commonwealth super bantamweight title at Ponds Forge on Saturday night.
It would be easy for the 24 year old, real name Barry Awad, to begin to get carried away as the hype surrounding him cranked up a notch following a comfortable victory over Australian Fred Mundraby in front of a large crowd and a terrestrial TV audience.
However, despite having stretched his unbeaten record to 17 when Mundraby stayed on his stool after a blistering fourth round, Awad remains firmly grounded and he is more than willing to allow John and Dominic Ingle and the rest of the team to do for him, what they did for the likes of ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed and Junior Witter.
“Whichever route they want to take me down, I’m going to go down,” said Awad.
“John Ingle is my manager, that’s what he’s paid for. He’s the one that did it for Johnny Nelson, Naseem Hamed, Junior Witter...he knew how to get them there and he can get me there as well.”
The Commonwealth title isn’t the most sought after in the world of boxing, but Awad believes it is another move forward in his goal of conquering the world.
“If they (titles) are there for the taking then you might as well take them,” he said.
“Obviously these belts don’t really mean much compared to the world title because that’s the one that means the most. That’s my ultimate aim to get the world title and you need these small stepping stones to get there.”
Kid Galahad was superb at times on Saturday night. His crouching style mirrored that of Naseem Hamed, as he looked for openings, but found his opponent tough to break down early on.
However as the fight wore on, Awad grew in stature and helped by a crowd which grew noticably in volume and buoyed by the band which heralded the home town hero into the ring, he let fly with a flurry of punches in the fourth round. The combination of punches left Mundraby shaken up and wore out any fight that the Aussie had left in him and it was after that that the decision was taken that he would stay seated before the fifth round bell.
Despite all that, trainer Dominic Ingle seems in no rush to push Awad too far, too soon.
All the talk in the division at the minute is of Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton. Ingle believes those two should fight and that it would be too high a risk for either them to take on an impressive up and coming star like Kid Galahad.
So with that in mind, he will give Awad a rest for a while, before training begins again, with a view towards another home town fight in September, against what Ingle hopes will be a top-ten ranked opponent.
“He’s down for another fight in September, so he’ll have a couple of weeks off, maybe go for a bit of warm weather training,” said Ingle.
“Twelve weeks before that we’ll start the training camp again, he’ll be nice and refreshed and we’ll switch off before all that and we’ll be back in Sheffield at Ponds Forge hopefully against a top-ten (ranked) opponent and work his way up the ratings and then start looking towards a world title fight.”
He added: “Realistically he’s not going to get a crack against Scott Quigg or Carl Frampton. They should be fighting each other.”
Ingle added: “If we were in the same position (as them) we would be looking ahead instead of behind . We’ll just have to do it the old fashioned way, get into the ratings and make a nuisance of ourselves.”
It was a successful night all round for South Yorkshire fighters with Sheffield heavyweight Dave Howe stopping Czech native Ladislav Kovarik in the third round.
Another heavyweight, Kash Ali from Rotherham also stopped Luke Martin from Trowbridge in the third while fellow Rotherham fighter, welterweight Atif Shafiq just about edged a tight encounter with Scotland-based Latvian Andrejs Podusovs, referee Terry O’Connor scoring the bout 39-38 in Shafiq’s favour.
Barnsley’s Lee Noble continued his good run with a victory over Dan Blackwell from Trowbridge, winning well but taken to all four rounds in a 59-55 success.
n See thestar.co.uk/video for more from Dominic Ingle and Kid Galahad.