Kid Galahad reckons his first crack at the British super bantamweight title will be an easy night’s work for him.
The hot Sheffield prospect anticipates stopping Merseyside’s Jezza Dickens without too much fuss.
“He is a good kid but I am seven or eight levels above him” said the Shiregreen Ingle-gym boxer.
“I am the smartest and fittest boxer you can watch and I have trained hard to make this fight look easy. You have not seen the best of me - there is much more to come - and I will be flawless on the night” said Galahad, real name Abdul Barry Awad.
“Every time you (The Star) talk to me I tell you I am going to put on a tremendous performance. And I do. This one will be a master class. I will be like a chess master - I’ll adapt to anything he brings.”
Galahad, aged 23, and Dickens, 22, have similar records.
They meet on September 14 at the Magna Centre, Rotherham to dispute the British belt.
“He knows and I know I will give him a good whipping” says the Sheffielder. “He may have trainers around him who are saying other otherwise, but he will know he has no chance. He may be a southpaw but that doesn’t matter, I box at a higher class, he is just a handbag swinger. I’d dismantle him if he had three hands.”
It is safe to say that Galahad is not overwhelmed by the importance of the British title in itself. “It’s just another stepping stone. It will be the route from British to European, Commonwealth and world titles.”
Galahad used to work in a newsagents in Worrall but is now full time training. He sometimes does three stints in the day: a 7am run for 45 minutes, followed around 11am by pad-work and sparring the likes of Sam O’Maison, footwork and bags in the afternoon.
It should all keep him in good stead to beat Dickens, who took 10 rounds to beat Welshman Dai Davies (Won 9 Lost 23 Drawn 2)in Liverpool in May.
“I boxed Davies in my sixth fight (2011) and he’s just a journeyman who gets paid to get beat up and then goes home. He didn’t give me any trouble at all” said Galahad.