Tom Gray

Kid Galahad forces Fred Mundraby corner retirement after four

Undefeated British technician Kid Galahad (17-0, 9 knockouts) dominated Fred Mundraby over four one-sided sessions in Sheffield, England,on Saturday and collected the vacant Commonwealth junior featherweight title, following a corner retirement.

Galahad (real name Barry Awad) was in terrific form and barely took a shot in anger from the Australian visitor, who was in retreat mode throughout the scheduled 12-rounder. The flashy Englishman found the target repeatedly from the opening bell and his rapid switch-hitting style gave Mundraby a nightmare.

“I was only in second gear and didn’t really get going,” said Galahad, when interviewed by Channel 5 in the U.K. “I didn’t want Mundraby to get settled in there, as he could have caused some problems, but I thought he would last longer than that.”

A sharp left hand from Galahad (121.5 pounds) landed flush in Round 1, and a body shot had Mundraby cringing as he retreated to the ropes. After a mere three minutes of action the former Australian titlist returned to his corner dejected and badly marked up around the face.

There was still nothing coming back in the second and Galahad was finding all the gaps as he switched stance effortlessly and let his hands go. Whenever Mundraby (120.25 pounds) had an ounce of success he was picked off from the outside, or bullied up close with accurate uppercuts to head and body.

It was more of the same in the fourth and the eventual corner retirement was merciful. Referee Richie Davis had a close eye on Mundraby as he tottered back to his corner, and it’s likely that the third man would have rescued the stricken fighter in the next round, had his team not pulled him out.

It’s hard not to be impressed by Galahad, who has won British, European and Commonwealth titles in three consecutive fights. The only question mark is whether the sharpshooting 24-year-old can carry his skills to world level, and promoter Mick Hennessey indicated that a title shot could happen in the next 12 to 18 months.

“I can switch hit, fight on the inside, or fight on the outside,” said Galahad. “My team believes I’m good enough to become world champion and I’m still learning. I’m following in the footsteps of Prince Naseem Hamed, Junior Witter and Johnny Nelson, who all came out of the Wincobank Gym in Sheffield.”

The sophisticated Brit also threw down the gauntlet at one of his countryman, who is ranked No. 4 by THE RING at 122 pounds.

“Scott Quigg would be an easy option, but he won’t fight me,” said Galahad.

 

Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing

 

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