Sheffield Kid right at home in Hillsborough

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And in the blue corner it’s the Kid.

Barry ‘Kid Galahad’ Awad will square up to Barnsley’s Josh Wale for the WBC International Super Bantamweight crown on Saturday May 12 at Hillsborough Leisure Centre.

And he’ll be very much at home when he does.

That’s because the Kid is a regular at Hillsborough where he is a patron for Sheffield Wednesday’s Community Programme.

He said: “I am proud to be a patron of Sheffield Wednesday’s Community Programme, which does great work all across the region, especially by helping kids who might not have the best opportunities or best backgrounds.

“The club’s work helps kids find something positive to do and gives them focus, much like boxing has done for me.

“Both myself and other members of the gym, especially Richard Towers, have done a lot of work with the club and it is an association I am very proud of.

“In the future, I hope that people will look at me as not only an excellent boxer but also a positive role model for the community.

“I come from a background surrounded by violence, drugs and gangs and so I know how important it is for major organisations like Sheffield Wednesday to go into communities and offer their help.

“That’s why I plan on being involved with the SWFC Community Programme as much as I can.”

Spencer Taylor, SWFC Community Programme CSR development manager, said: “We have known Barry a long time and he has been a really active member in our school projects.

“He’s a great lad with an infectious personality and great enthusiasm. He is such an exciting young talent who has emerged from a very difficult social background to be on the brink of success.”