Boxing is a doddle compared to the hours of pain sports science boffins put Sheffield champion Kid Galahad through.
Interval-training on a Hallam University treadmill are “easily the most challenging” physical activity the Sheffield boxing champion experiences.
Tests set by renowned sport scientists Alan Ruddock and Dave Hembrough are more difficult to cope with than anything he has come across after five years in the professional ring, he says.
“The interval runs and strength and conditioning work is incredible, it’s pure torture” admits unbeaten Wincobank super bantamweight, aka Abdul Barry Awad.
“But undergoing new techniques in a different environment from the gym are really helping me improve.
“Those runs, though, are unbelievable! Some may only last 20 minutes but in that time there are some incredibly intensive intervals on a really high pace. You feel it taking its toll after just a few seconds.
“Boxing is about fighting in bursts rather than just one pace and this is ideal preparation - although I have thrown up loads of times and my head has been spinning so much I see in black and white!
“It is certainly harder than any fight, which I suppose is what it’s supposed to be. If training is harder than previous fights you will do better in future ones.
“Going there (Hallam) twice a week - for me it feels like I used to do when I was going home after being in trouble at school. You know you are going to get the slipper off your mum! But, really, I like doing it, because it’s such a challenge.”
Galahad’s undoubted fitness - he has been hailed in the past as the fittest man at the Ingle gym - doesn’t look like it will be put to test in the ring for the rest of 2014.
A plan for the 24-year-old to headline a Ponds Forge show on December 6 seems unlikely to be fulfilled, which means he will have to be content with his three winning outings against Sergio Prado, Fred Mudraby and Adeilson Dos Santos, this year.
If Galahad [won 18 (KO 9) lost 0] is frustrated by that, he doesn’t show it.
“No one wants to fight me, especially at December time” he says. “It is one of those things, my next fight will come along, it’s only a matter of time.”
Doncaster Racecourse, which will host the Sam Sheedy v Bradley Pryce light middleweight collision, on Friday, will stage other local talents, too.
Scott Westgarth, a fitness instructor at Sheffield’s Royal Victria Holiday Inn, campaigns at light heavyweight against Lincoln journeyman Mitch Mitchell.
Luke Crowcroft, a 20-year-old Doncaster super middleweight, seeks his seventh win out of eight, against Jamie Gelder, from the West Midlands.
Sheffield’s greenhorn flyweight Waleed Din is also on the card.
As is Doncaster’s Jason Cunningham, who was beaten to the Commonwealth bantamweight title by Sheffield’s Ross Burkinshaw, in his last outing.
Conisbrough-born, Leeds-based heavyweight David Allen (won 6 (KO 4) lost 0 +drawn 1 ) was due to take on Geordie novice James Barnes, but that might now be delayed.