Boxing: Galahad moves into top British title contention

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KID Galahad gave himself a timely boost up the WBC rankings with a win over Latino champion Ivan Ruiz Morote in Hull.

Galahad saw off the Spaniard inside four rounds and the right hand that floored him was a signal that his power may be developing.

Morote was worn down in the third and taken out a round later by the slick switch-hitter.

Galahad’s world ranking is soaring.

Whilst the three super-bantams deemed better than him domestically are embroiled in fights with each other, Galahad is creeping up behind and Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg will want to avoid him.

John Fewkes fended off a second round cut to triumph over Scunthorpe’s Steve Spence in Barnsley. Fewkes, at light-middleweight, shook off ring rust after a two year absence but a blow under the eye left ref Michael Alexander in a quandary over whether or not to stop the contest.

After hearing the pleas of both Fewkes and trainer Glyn Rhodes, Fewkes put on an a tidy exhibition to avoid Spence and take it 40-36.

Sheffield Boxing Centre’s Dave Fidler was a point superior to Stairfoot’s Matthew Mallin, winning the light-middle Masters title, with a 96-95 scoreline.

Mallin was twice warned for using his head and allowed Fidler to pinch the contest.

Killamarsh debutant lightweight Lee Connelly beat Glaswegian Ryan McNicol on the undercard.

Barnsley’s Ben Wager suffered a sickening KO at the hands of Mark McKray but was thankfully up and walking about at the end of the show.

There were routine wins at Don Valley for Sheffield prospects Jamie Sampson, Sam Matkin, Lewis Taylor and Qasim Hussain.

They dominated bouts against a mixture of journeymen and Matkin got up off the canvas in the second to beat Lithuanian Aleksas Vaseris. .

Results: Ben Davies (Barnsley) beat Simon Jenkinson. Jamie Zaszlos (Barnsley) beat Ricky Stock. Carl Spencer (Doncaster) beat Arpad Nedo. David Allen (Doncaster) beat Rolandas Cesna.

Doncaster James Tucker lost his weekend bout to Callum Smith.