Kid Galahad says his world title eliminator has gone to purse bids because his challenger’s team demanded an exorbitant fee to face him.
Sheffield’s featherweight star has been ordered to face Toka Kahn Clary with the winner to be appointed mandatory contender for the IBF title held by Leeds’ Josh Warrington.
And the Clary fight could have been happening on the Dillian Whyte v Joseph Parker card this Saturday - the show injured Kell Brook has had to pull out of - but for an insoluble dispute over cash.
Galahad (aka Abdul Barry Awad) says exciting times lay ahead: “This is why we went down the IBF route - we eventually got this chance” he said.
“Hopefully I will be fighting for a world title in February. It’s been a long road and I’ve got to get this kid (Clary) out of the way.
“I was number one mandatory - the number two (Nathaniel May) didn’t want to fight me; it went all the way down to number nine, which is this kid.
“We were supposed to fight on the Whyte bill but couldn’t agree terms.
“Because boxing is so big over here Americans think they can come to England and fight for £500,000-£600,000 or whatever. They want unbelievable money. We couldn’t come to terms so it went to purse bids.
“Now any promoter can put the fight on; it depends on who puts the most money in the pot.”
Galahad added: “Eddie (Hearn; Matchroom) has said he is going to win the purse bid, he’s going to put in good money.
“But if I have to go to America I don’t mind that at all. I will go over there to his back yard and get the job done.
“If Eddie wins it, hopefully it will be in September maybe the Amir Khan bill (v Samuel Vargas at Birmingham on September 8) or in Sheffield.
“Eddie will want it in England, if he wins it.
“But if Eddie said: ‘Let’s do it in New York, or wherever” it doesn’t matter.
The purse bid is scheduled for July 31 - and the fight could likely be on September 1, 8 or 22.