Sheffield’s Galahad ready for world test

Kid Galahad has Sergio Prado on the ropes
Kid Galahad has Sergio Prado on the ropes
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The moaning Minnie from Madrid kept whinging and whining to the referee.

Kid Galahad was stepping on his toes, hitting the back of his head, pushing him down, Spaniard Sergio Prado claimed.

The desperate complaints were designed to stop the relentless bombardment, almost all it perfectly fair.

In accommodating and fussy referee like Luigi Muratore, he occasionally sneaked the odd respite.

But not even the Italian official could help Prado avoid the unremitting barrage, which delivered the Ingle man the EBU (European) super bantamweight title.

For 12 rounds, a focused Galahad, 24, targeted head and body. And while he could never find the knockdown his pressure kept suggesting, it was still a one-sided spectacle, leading to a unanimous verdict, at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.

Judge Anssi Perajoki gave Galahad, real name Abdul Barry Awad, every round with his two colleagues scoring the bout 117-111 and 118-110.

At times, it was an odd contest. The older but less experienced Spaniard Sergio Prado, 31, was an unknown over in the UK. We’d expected a come forward orthodox opponent. Yet he’d come prepared to frustrate, in the early rounds switching and boxing on the back foot. But he missed wildly on the counter and the more telling punches were Awad’s; he quickly bruised Prado’s left eye.

Prado had come with a modest CV: he started the night with a won 9 lost 3 sheet. There was danger in bursts from him though - Galahad was aware of that and was too fast for him defensively. The Spaniard was running out of ideas in the fifth, suffering a couple of straight lefts against the ropes and a flurry of punches at the end of the round.

Round 7 seemed the most likely time for Galahad to end it: he buried a right hook early on and went after him in the final 30 seconds but Prado survived.

Prado was a punchbag in the 11th leaving Galahad needing simply to remain composed to lift the title which propels him further up the rankings.

Afterwards, Galahad accepted he was “two fights” away from being ready for a world title clash. One name already suggested, by pundit Richie Woodhall, is Tyson Cave, a 25-bout fighter from Canada

“I knew it was going to be a hard fight and that’s why I trained my hardest” said the Sheffielder. “I had him a couple of times but the referee kept on saying I was pushing him down.” Galahad later tweeted: “I had the perfect sparring for this fight @_jordangill @uniqueshafiq @garysykesboxer @samirmouneimne all kept me on my toes thanks guys.”

Defence-specialist Lee Duncan failed to impose himself on Preston’s Matty Clarkson in the MaxiNutrition Knockout Quarter-Finals and Central Area light heavyweight title, losing on points. The Ingle fighter started well and occasionally punished Clarkson’s low guard.

But a right hand to his nose in round three took the steam of the Sheffielder and while he rallied, especially in the last round, it was too little too late. Clarkson later said he’d not been at his best and felt weight-drained but he felt Duncan didn’t have enough power to upset him.

Duncan started off with Dom Ingle in his corner - but after three rounds, the trainer left the coaching to his father Brendan and Nadeem Siddique.

His corner said Dom had left the stadium to go and pick up Awad!

Light middleweight Junior Witter, the former WBC world champion, stepped into the ring for the first time as a 40-year-old and comfortably outpointed Max Maxwell in a six-rounder.

Sam O’Maison looked comfortable throughout against chubby but durable Jan Balog, from the Czech Republic.

There were wins too for Lightweight Atif Shafiq over Michael Mooney, middleweight Callum Hancock over Steve Spence,

cruiserweight Karl Bell over James Oliphant. Super featherweight Isaac Lowe beat Ibrar Riyaz.

At Doncaster racecourse on Friday Sheffield light middleweight Sam Sheedy outpointed Bulgarian Samet Hyuseinov.

John Fewkes, surprisingly campaigning at middleweight, drew with Adam Jones. Sheffielder Lee Edwards came back after a four year break to beat journeyman Dee Mitchell. Doncaster cruiserweight Matthew Brierley beat Lee Kellett and Conisbrough lightweight Tommy Chadburn beat Aivaras Balsys.