Witter back in champion style

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THERE were flashes of the past and glimpses of the future in Belfast on Saturday night.

Ingle-trained duo Junior Witter and Kid Galahad performed well at the Kings Hall picking up two wins. Witter showed signs of returning to the fighter who once held the WBC world title and Galahad displayed a ruthless streak that singles him out as a big prospect.

Witter won comfortably on points against Lithuanian Arvydaz Trizno after Ulsterman Stephen Haughian pulled out. Trainer Dominic Ingle thought that at times Witter looked like the champion of old.

He said: “He outclassed a younger man and worked very well behind his jab.

“It was important for Junior to get a win. I was pleased to see him back to the normality of six rounds and his opponent was as hard as nails.”

Galahad, real name Barry Awad, blew away his Irish-Australian opponent Paul Griffin with a blistering finish in the opening round.

A right to the head put the veteran down and this was followed up by a left to the body that finished off the fight.

Griffin, born in Dublin, actually trained with the Ingles in the 90s and was a top amateur. Despite him being almost double Galahad’s age he was meant to be a tough test.

“Paul might be 40, but he lives his life clean and was up for the fight. He trained with us and had a title fight before moving to Australia,” said Ingle.

“He asked me if we had the next Naseem Hamed, but I assured him that Barry was steady, then he goes and breaks his nose with the first punch of the fight!

“He gets back up and then is back down again with a body shot and the referee waved it off.”