Fast rising junior featherweight star Kid Galahad (real name Barry Awad) posted a routine 12-round unanimous decision over Sergio Prado to claim the vacant European title in his hometown of Sheffield, England.
The official scores were 117-111, 118-110 and 120-108.
Galahad, who weighed in at 121.5 pounds, let fly with whatever he wanted throughout a one sided encounter and the only real surprise was that two judges found a way to award the Spanish fighter any of the rounds which were contested.
“I thought I boxed very well,” said Galahad, when interviewed by Channel 5 in the UK. “I knew it would be a tough fight and that’s why I trained so hard. I’ll be ready for a world title within two fights.”
The Sheffield ace dominated ring center and pressured Prado with rapid shots to head and body from the opening bell. Not everything landed effectively, but the Spaniard was given no chance to counter and frequently found himself against the ropes and in the corners.
Each round was repetitive and most of the drama was sucked from the occasion due to the home fighter’s dominance and Prado’s survival tactics.
Kid Galahad (16-0, 8 knockouts) comes off the same Sheffield production line as former featherweight champion Prince Naseem Hamed and shares a variety of his predecessor’s hallmarks. Like Naz, the 24 year old is an extremely adept switch hitter, who blends sophisticated radar and sharp reflexes with a confident swagger.
The European strap which Galahad collected tonight was vacated by Belfast’s Carl Frampton, the No. 1 at 122 pounds behind RING champ Guillermo Rigondeaux. During the build up to tonight’s contest, the precocious young star intimated that Frampton and his management team were reluctant to face him.
Galahad certainly has all the moves and if his talents convert to world level then he could be snapping at the heels of both Frampton and Scott Quigg, in terms of preeminence on the UK junior featherweight scene, very quickly.
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing