by Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
KID GALAHAD aims to punch his way back into the world title mix.
Galahad – real name Abdul Barry Awad – was suspended for two years after testing positive for the banned substance stanozolol in September 2014 but claimed his drink had been spiked.
The ban was eventually cut to six months and he returned to action in April, beating Lithuanian Simas Vilosinas in four rounds.
“I never lost faith while I was out of the ring,” said the unbeaten super-bantamweight from Sheffield.
“My dream is to become a world champion and that’s why I stayed in the gym every day.
“The ban could even be a blessing in disguise. I was able to focus on the future and, with the support of everyone in Sheffield, I kept on going.
“I am now back and I want to give a performance that will make people say, ‘Wow – he’s good’.
“I firmly believe I am the best super-bantamweight in the world and I will happily fight anyone in the top five and knock them out.”
Galahad, 26, was due to continue his comeback against Nugzar Chavchavadze next month on the undercard of Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko in Manchester.
But an ankle injury to Fury saw the world heavyweight rematch postponed yesterday, throwing Galahad’s own bout into doubt.
But he has already set his sights way beyond his next fight and onto ex-WBA champion Scott Quigg.
Quigg was beaten by Carl Frampton in a unification bout in February and Galahad said: “I want to fight Quigg. He’s probably the worst super-bantamweight champion in history.
“I believe he’ll be an easy fight for me. He is not the brightest kid inside and outside the ring. During fights, he doesn’t think for himself and relies too much on the instructions of his trainer.
“Even in the big fights, like his contest with Carl Frampton, he has been terrible. He bottles it a lot and I’ll be ready for him. Scott Quigg will always try and avoid me. In fact, he will try and avoid anyone who is half-decent.
“He’s always saying he wants to fight this guy and that guy. But when he gets back fighting, I guarantee it won’t be against big names or dangerous guys like me. He always name-drops the good fighters in the division and then ends up fighting some guy nobody knows.”