Double champion Kid Galahad says there are young boxers in Sheffield’s Ingle gym who are at a far more advanced stage than he was as a youngster.
And Galahad, tipped like stablemate Kell Brook to become world champion, predicts the conveyor belt of talent at the Wincobank centre is producing fighters that will take the sport by storm.
The European and Commonwealth champion super bantam is no veteran at 24 years old. But he says the likes of lightweights Atif Shafiq, 20, Sam O’Maison, 23, super feather Jordan Gill, 19, and light middle Tom McCassey,22, will be credible challengers.
Speaking on video at thestar.co.uk, Galahad (Abdul Barry Awad) said: “I think I’d say they were all better than me when I was that age. They started younger than I did, but they were more developed than me. They have all got big futures ahead of them; they are the future of the Ingle gym.”
Galahad said Gill (W10 L0) had good amateur pedigree, “he’s got all the moves, he’s slick.”
McCassey was “rangey, he’s got a good jab on him and is a good boxer.” While O’Maison “can punch with either hand, he would punch holes through walls!”
All four were obvious future champions, he said.
Galahad said Brook was “number one” in the gym. “He’s fighting for a world title hopefully before the end of this year. And he’s in fantastic shape, he will do a number on the American (Shawn Porter.)
Brook, meanwhile, is surprised at how Porter demolished Paul Malignaggi in four rounds last month. The Sheffielder Brook admitted on ESPN’s Buncy’s Boxing Podcast that he hadn’t expected Porter to have “walked through” his opponent.
“We do know that Paulie has had some hard fights in his career; he is always doing 12 rounds and did it catch up with him that night? Or was Porter really that good? You cant tell too much” said Brook.
“I heard Paulie say he hadn’t expected the (Porter’s) strength. He did look well.”