Former British, Commonwealth, European and IBF Youth super bantamweight champion Kid Galahad has told WBN that he had no intention of leaving boxing despite fighting against a two-year doping ban.
The 25 year-old has always pleaded his innocence for submitting a positive test in September 2014 but has been forced to take the suspension on the chin as the evidence needed for his appeal wasn’t substantial enough.
“It’s been very frustrating, but we all have to abide by the rules of sport, and although the decision by UKAD was harsh for me, I have to accept it,” Galahad exclusively told World Boxing News.
“My legal team launched an appeal, but a few weeks later they felt we didn’t have enough evidence to carry it forward so it was abandoned.
“Everything that happened is out in the public domain and I have explained my side, but there will always people out there who believe my explanation and those who don’t. They are the ones who are ambivalent to the whole situation.
“I have never considered walking away as I know the key to success is to work hard and live properly. My plan is to keep training and learning to prepare for the time when I am back in the ring.
“I have no doubt whatsoever I will pick my career up from where I left it.
“I plan to keep on doing what I have done for the last 12 months. Keep fit, focused and disciplined. I’m crossing off the months on the calendar and be ready for my return to the ring,” he added.
Galahad put together an impressive 18-0 record in his first five years as a pro and was close to securing a world title shot before the pause put an untimely block on facing one of the world champions at 122 pounds.
Potentially massive UK fights with current belt holders Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg are also on hold as Galahad has one more year to serve on his ban before returning to action in September 2016.