Banned Sheffield fighter Kid Galahad will fork out round £20,000 fighting his corner after failing a drugs test - and the rest of the Ingle gym are rallying around to support behind him.
The Wincobank super-bantam has been banned for two years; he claims brother Mageed contaminated his drink with the steroid Stanolozol after a row.
Contrary to reports it wasn’t a liquid protein shake that was doctored - it was a recovery powder stored in a tub in a cupboard at his grandparents’ house, where he lives. Mageed later signed an affidavit admitting he’d spiked it.
An appeal for Galahad (Barry Awad) is likely in September, but as there was no dispute the drug was in his body, his camp can only hope for a reduction in the suspension. Trainer Dom Ingle said it had been only the second time a boxer at their gym had failed a test - and Jon Thaxton later had that ruling against him overturned. “Everyone in the gym is supporting Barry and both Brendan (his father and gym founder) and myself believe him 100%” said Ingle. “Barry was obviously very disappointed with the ban and paid about £8,000 (to be represented) at the first hearing and will do the same at the appeal.
“If the ban stays, he’ll come back when he is 26 and a half. It’s difficult to prove he didn’t do it deliberately, but we’re behind him. The spiking happened at an open house - you’d never foresee anything like happening.”
Ingle said that in Awad’s division (8st 10lbs) and with his title-winning profile it would have been madness for a “model athlete” to knowingly take steroids. He said he never had to convince himself Awad’s account was true. “Barry has won titles by being brought through in a gradual and calculated way. He hasn’t been in the sort of trouble so many others have. Now he has keep training and focus on his appeal.”