By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
SHEFFIELD bruiser Kid Galahad is aiming to turn his dream of becoming the new Naseem Hamed into reality.
Galahad takes a perfect record of 12 straight wins into the ring against Ivan Ruiz Morote at the Bonus Arena in Hull tomorrow night.
And the 22-year-old super-bantamweight, not surprisingly, has all the confidence of emulating the achievements of his childhood hero Naz.
Galahad said of former world featherweight champion Hamed: “He lived in Sheffield, like me, and was the main reason I got into the sport.
“He was an inspiration and when I saw him in action, I decided to go to the famous Brendan Ingle gym and try out boxing.
“Obviously, my dream has always been to become the new Naz, and I’m unbeaten so far and moving in the right direction.
“I had been in trouble as a kid, before I started boxing, and had been thrown out of a few schools, but Brendan changed all that. He took me into the gym and said that if I got chucked out of school again, he would chuck me out of the gym. I was good after that!”
Galahad – real name Abdul Barry Awad – completed his training for tomorrow’s fight in Fuerteventura and said: “I’ve never felt better. Fight fans will see that I am the best super-bantamweight in Britain and Europe in what promises to be a great test for me.
“I am really looking forward to putting on an impressive performance against Morote, who is a seasoned professional.”
The 32-year-old Spaniard is the current WBC Latino champion and has lost just two of his 17 pro bouts.
The fight represents another step up in class for Galahad, who could face English champion Ryan Walsh in the new year.
Like Galahad, Walsh is unbeaten and a bout between two fighters with unblemished records has plenty of appeal.
Galahad, named after an Elvis Presley film in which the singer played a boxer, said: “That is exactly the type of fight that fans want to see. These days there aren’t many fights with two unbeaten guys.
“But this is what boxing should be all about. Walsh is a good fighter and I think I’m a good fighter, so we’ll see who is the better man.”
Galahad fights on a bill headlined by the clash between James DeGale and Fulgencio Zuniga for the vacant WBC silver super-middleweight title.
THE DeGale-Zuniga bill will be screened live on Channel 5 from 10pm tomorrow night. Tickets are available from 0844 888 4402.