Exclusive: Kid Galahad discusses opponent change, world title bid

Joe Hewlett 01/07/2017

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Kid Galahad is on a mission to cement a mandatory position to challenge for a world title before the end of the year.

The Sheffield star has eyed up his preference in who he wants to fight.

“I think all of the champions are as good as each other. You have Gary Russell Jr, Lee Selby who’s strong, tall and has a good range, Oscar Valdez as well. The best one for me is probably Russell Jr but they’re all as good they come,” Galahad exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Not many people wanna fight him because he’s dangerous. The featherweight division has always been exciting, alongside welterweights, super-middleweight and heavyweight division for money wise and that’s where all the big fights are.

“I want to fight an eliminator for one of the world titles by the end of this year and hopefully get in position for 2018.”

Though, the 27-year-old has refused to overlook his next opponent in Jose Cayetano.

“You know what, I haven’t watched much footage of him but he is tricky, I remember him fighting Scott Quigg a while back. He’s awkward and all over the place so is a tough customer to track down.

“But I’m not looking at the world title picture, it’s just one fight at a time and I need to focus on this fight first.”

Dennis Ceylan was Galahad’s original opponent pencilled in for the show at the Wembley Arena before being tested positive for use of cocaine.

However, Galahad, otherwise known as Barry Awad, isn’t fussed in the slightest in the change of fighter.

“It is what is, it’s just how it goes. Things happen in life so there’s no point in getting frustrated or worried about it because it’s not going to get you anywhere,” he said.

It will be the second outing of ITV’s Box-Office channel with Chris Eubank Jr spearheading the event and the flamboyant featherweight believes it will be even better than its debut.

“I can’t wait to fight on it again. The last time they had a good venue, a good set-up and a stacked card. This time it will be bigger with Eubank Jr taking Arthur Abraham, which is an exciting fight – An eye peeler for the fans.

“Lee Selby is fighting his mandatory in Barros, Martin J Ward, who is a fantastic prospect, is fighting and Robbie Davie Jr has a tough fight so it will be a good night of boxing.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95