Boxing: Galahad eyes domestic titles first

Barnsley  Kid Galahad
Barnsley Kid Galahad
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Kid Galahad’s unstoppable progress towards titles and, possible world renown, continues unchecked.

Even a six months absence from boxing - and against an opponent who had never been stopped - nothing was going to impede his rite of passage.

It’s undeniable that better opponents than Issac Nettey lie ahead for unbeaten Galahad. In class terms, Nettey was more Netto than Waitrose.

It’s hard to establish why Nettey had never been stopped in 30 fights as he looked so weak and unbalanced against Galahad’s patient probing and powerful stance. Galahad found it too easy to dodge Nettey’s predictable attack. And when Nettey missed, he was punished by a range of shots he found increasingly difficult to absorb. On several occasions, Galahad simply bundled his opponent to the canvas.

There were two knockdowns. And in round five at Bluewater, Kent, the bout as stopped as Galahad dished out a beating in the corner. Ringside, heavyweight Tyson Fury was gushing about the Sheffield fighter who would “go all the way.” But Galahad, despite world title ambitions, is concentrating on domestic titles first.

Trainer Dom Ingle hopes for a British title shot for Galahad before “catapulting” into Europe.

Ingle boxer Tyan Booth matched Chris Eubank Jr for power, speed and showboating in the early rounds, before succumbing to a TKO barrage in the final, eighth round. Booth couldn’t find the late energy he’d displayed against Nav Mansouri, recently.