Strong Sheffield undercard helps fill seats

Atif Shafiq - a class act on the undercard
Atif Shafiq - a class act on the undercard
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Kid Galahad might not be the biggest ticket seller in Sheffield boxing.

But that’s not something that bothers him - as millions of people watch him on TV and his stated ambition anyway, is to win matches, not fill stadiums.

Promoters like to see full halls ofcourse - and super bantamweight champion Galahad (Abdul Barry Awad) will be happy to lean on an exciting undercard to help put bums on seats at Ponds Forge a week on Saturday.

Galahad will be supported by the likes of Adam Etches, Scott Jenkins, Sam O’Maison, Callum Hancock and Atif Shafiq, amongst others, the undercard to his 12-rounder with Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos.

“The show represents real value for money with the amount of good local lads” he said.

“You’ve got Sam, Scott and Adam - if you want to watch a tear-up watch them, they go in there and have a scrap. Then have you got Nadeem, Atif, and Callum; they are all technicians if you like your boxing you can go and watch them.”

Galahad admits he doesn’t follow the normal Ingle route of public appearances to try and to boost his own profile.

“At the end of the day, the main priority for me is to keep on winning” he says. “If that all comes (big crowds) it comes, but the main priority is keep on training and winning.”

Yet, after 17 straight wins and an exciting style, shouldn’t he have a more visible position in the local boxing landscape?

“Sometimes it comes on late, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao didn’t have big fan bases until they boxed Ricky Hatton. Now they sell out stadiums.”

Galahad, at 24, has an iron will - he has his heart set on a world championship and feels nobody can stop him.

If and when he achieves that one man will have done more for him than any other - Brendan Ingle, now 74.

“Brendan has had some health issues but he always comes back stronger - he will probably be happier than me when I am world champion!”