By Ross Bayess @rossbayesss
On the 15th of June at the First Direct Arena, Josh Warrington will fight Kid Galahad in front of thousands of his army of fans, the fighters will be competing for the IBF Featherweight World Championship.
Leeds born Warrington has shocked the world in both of his last fights, beating Lee Selby to win the IBF strap and then defended it against Carl Frampton in a fight that had a genuine claim of being the fight of the year. The 28 year old is famed for his incredible engine and toughness, but he also has the ability to adapt and showed this in both the Selby and Frampton fight. His trainer/father Sean has done a very impressive job of training Josh and has to take at least some of the credit for the fighter he has become.
There has been a lot of needle in the build up to this fight, with the harshest words centring around Galahads 18 month ban for being caught with Stanozolol,an anabolic steroid.
Josh has criticized Galahad for it countless times in the build up to the fight, but it doesn’t seem to have had any affect on his opponent as he maintains his innocence. He says the drugs being found in his system were their from a member of his team giving him an unsuitable workout drink. Many fighters have used that excuse as a way of distancing themselves from the charges they are up against but it rarely seems to sway the public opinion.
Barry “Kid Galahad” Awad is trained at the Ingle gym under the stewardship of his trainer Dominic Ingle. Awad says he was told to go to the Ingle gym by Naseem Hamed after a chance meeting at a mosque. The former Featherweight king thought there was only one place for a boxer who was keen to win world titles to go.
Kid Galahad chose to listen to him and it will be intriguing to see if he can fulfill this dream. He is famed for being an incredible sparrer and has wonderful timing, the only concern is that he hasn’t mixed with the top names of the division as Warrington has, but nevertheless he will be going into this fight firmly believing he has the awkward style and timing to keep Warrington at a distance. He also possesses heavy hands and will be keen to let Josh feel that power early on.
Galahad has kept very calm during the build up to the fight and it will be interesting to see how much of an effect the trash talking from Warrington will have on him, if it has any at all.
The biggest questions surrounding the fight will center around whether Galahad can deal with the constant pressure Warrington is famed for, and whether Warrington can handle the power of Galahad. So often in boxing, fights can be won by the smallest margins, for this reason it will be incredibly interesting to see how the fight plays out.
Warrington will be hoping for an impressive victory so he can go on and unify the division, whilst Galahad is hoping to finally become a world champion to repay the sadly late Brendan Ingle. Its clear to see with the way Kid Galahad speaks about Brendan Ingle that he was an integral part in the formulation of his boxing career.
In a division stacked with talent, this fight may become the victory both fighters need to really make a statement, It will be intruiging on the night to see who can leave the ring with the world title and all the admiration.