Kid Galahad envisages world title triumph over Josh Warrington as potential redemption for drugs ban; reveals racist abuse from fans

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FIGHT OF MY LIFE

The Sheffield man will challenge the IBF featherweight champion on June 15

Kid Galahad has told talkSPORT.com his upcoming fight against Josh Warrington is more than just career defining; it’s life defining.

The unbeaten 29-year-old, full name Abdul-Bari Awad, will contest the IBF featherweight world title on June 15 in Leeds, having finally worked his way into a mandatory position to challenge for a major belt.

Kid Galahad beat Toka Kahn Clary in a final eliminator to earn his shot

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Kid Galahad beat Toka Kahn Clary in a final eliminator to earn his shot

He’ll travel into the champion Warrington’s back yard to try and claim the crown, and insists he has what it takes to emerge victorious from his underdog position.

Our first question to Galahad began, “This is the fight you’ve been waiting for your entire career-“ before he quickly interrupted to clarify: “My entire life.”

The 26-0 challenger continued: “It’s been a long time coming. Sixteen years comes to June 15. All eyes on June 15.

“He’s shown all his cards in the fight with Carl Frampton and the fight with Lee Selby, no-one’s seen the best of me, no-one’s seen what I can do.

“On June 15, he’s gonna see me stepping up to a completely different level. If he’s taking this fight lightly, he’s gonna be in for a shock, isn’t he?”

Josh Warrington beat both Lee Selby and Carl Frampton last year

Josh Warrington beat both Lee Selby and Carl Frampton last year

Moments before this interview, Galahad stepped out of the talkSPORT radio studio having been sat across from his opponent in a tense showdown on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

It was the first time the pair had seen each other in person since their explosive, no holds barred first press conference in front of a rowdy Leeds crowd two months prior.

Some felt pity for the Sheffield man on that day, as he and his trainer Dominic Ingle were very much in the away corner at the event and subject to plenty of abuse from the home support.

Galahad insists he wasn’t irked by this, however has alleged that some of the insults he received were spat out with unacceptably vile intentions.

Galahad was last seen beating Brayan Mairena in December

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Galahad was last seen beating Brayan Mairena in December

“It’s part of the game and it’s how it goes.

“There were a couple of people shouting some racist abuse but it doesn’t really matter, does it? You know, it comes with the territory.

“For me personally I don’t really take things like that serious anyway. It is what it is.”

Regarding whether a repeat of this could affect him on June 15, he insisted: “It doesn’t matter if it happens on the night, does it? Because you’re in tunnel vision, aren’t you?

“I’m tunnel-visioned, focused on what I’ve got to do on June 15, that’s all that matters.”

It must also be noted that a sizeable portion of the criticism Galahad received on that day in March was in relation to his past drugs controversy.

In 2014, he tested positive for stanozolol and was given a two-year ban from the sport – later reduced to 18 months.

Galahad insists to this day that he was spiked by a vengeful brother after an argument over money, but believes it could all become irrelevant if he wins on June 15.

When asked if he thinks a world title win could potentially serve as an act of redemption in the eyes of the boxing public, he replied: “Yeah, 100 per cent.

Kid Galahad won British, Commonwealth and European titles before his ban

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Kid Galahad won British, Commonwealth and European titles before his ban

“I believe beating Josh Warrington will get me back to where I belong, and that’s the top.

“I believe I’m the best featherweight in the world and I believe Josh is the second best.”

Galahad concluded: “When I beat Josh, I’ll be at the top of the pile.”

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