KID GALAHAD says his gruelling training regime will guarantee him a title victory over veteran Jason Booth in Rotherham, tonight.
The unbeaten 21-year-old, who has 10 fights under his belt, is up against an opponent who has taken part in 34 more more professional bouts over a 16-year career filled with highs and lows.
But Sheffield’s Galahad, aka Abdul Barry Awad, says his preparation cannot possibly have been mirrored in the opposition camp.
“There is no way Booth can have trained as hard as me,” he said.
“It’s impossible. In our camp in Tenerife, we trained three times a day. We were up at 6.45am for a run which could go on for seven or eight miles. After breakfast, we went hard on the pads.
“And then in the afternoon I’d be on the speed ball and going 12 rounds. “Booth (at 34 years of age) cannot do that amount of training.”
Galahad says he is not nervous about appearing on the televised contest for the WBC international superbantamweight belt.
“There is no reason to be nervous after all that training. All the hard work is done and I do not expect anything else other than a win.”
The Shiregreen fighter has never boxed more than six rounds but says the prospect of doing twice does not faze him in the slightest.
“Completing 12 rounds is about mental strength rather than anything else,” he says.
“I’d like to finish it early, but if I have to dig deep over 12 rounds, I know I can and will. The fact is that I am younger, faster, stronger, quicker and better looking,” said Galahad, in a statement which has Naseem Hamed written all over it.
“Some people don’t like the pressure of big fights, but I will thrive on it,” said Galahad.
“All the attention I will be getting is what I have worked so hard for.”
n Another Ingle fighter, Barnsley-born middleweight Lee Noble, is on the undercard. He faces Irishman Dee Walsh. For Noble, a busy, durable fighter, it will be his 36th fight in six years.
n The Star backed Kid Galahad fight is at The Magna. Tickets are £30, £50 and £75, call 0114 256 5567, 01925 755 222, visit www.hennessysports.com
n See a video of the weigh-in at www.thestar.co.uk