IBF featherweight world champion Josh Warrington beat mandatory challenger Kid Galahad twice when they were in the amateur ranks and is convinced the Sheffield fighter is still stung by the pair of losses.
Warrington will defend Galahad on June 15th at The First Direct Arena in Leeds.
Galahad is taking a big step up in class, as Warrington has emerged as one of the division's top operators after securing convincing wins over Lee Selby to win the title and then retaining against Carl Frampton. Warrington was an underdog in both bouts.
Warrington said: “I haven’t mentioned [my amateur wins] as much as he has so it’s not pecking away at my head, it’s pecking away at his head. When he goes to bed at night he’ll know that.
“I’ve looked in his eyes before and he knows what it’s like to look in mine. He’ll have it in his head that I’ve got that over him and I’ll make it a third.”
While both fighters hold unbeaten records in their professional careers, the contest will be a significant step up for Galahad, who earned the opportunity to face Warrington by beating Toka Kahn Clary last October.
He faced a hostile atmosphere at a press conference open to the public in Warrington’s home city of Leeds to announce the fight on Tuesday and is likely to be the underdog when they face off this summer.
How he reacts to adversity could be key, but Warrington added: “We don’t know (how Galahad will respond to the pressure), he doesn’t know – how can he know?
“He’s never been the main event fighter, he’s never walked down the ramp in front of thousands who are baying for his blood.
“We’ve had some fighters who’ve loved it, we’ve had some fighters who have crumbled. We’ll only know on the night.”