British super bantamweight contender Kid Galahad has been suspended from boxing for two years after testing positive for the banned substance stanozolol.
The 25 year-old, real name Barry Awad, has carved his way through the domestic rankings since turning professional in 2009 and stood on the brink of hitting the big time until his recent failure for the common steroid.
Awad has already protested his innocence to the UK Anti-Doping Agency and says his brother Mageed was responsible following an argument between the pair. The Mick Hennessy promoted boxer claimed at a hearing that Mageed spiked one his protein drinks, although his pleas fell on deaf ears and the UKAD subsequently handed down the ban.
The Qatar-born Yorkshireman, who is 18-0 with 9 KO’s, is now facing up to the fact that he won’t fight again in September 2016 after failing the test around the time of his latest victory over unbeaten Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos in Sheffield.
Being out for so long whilst on the cusp of a potential world title shot could irreversibly damage the young fighter’s career at this stage.
UK rivals Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, both of whom recognised belts at 122lbs, were realistic targets for Galahad in 2015 but that’s no longer the case in light of recent events.