Hatton Tells Warrington: Prepare for Your Toughest Night!
(April18th) British boxing great Ricky Hatton has warned Josh Warrington that he faces the fight of his life against Kid Galahad.
Warrington makes the second defence of his IBF world featherweight title against mandatory challenger, Galahad at the First Direct Arena, Leeds on Saturday June 15.
Hatton says Warrington’s huge army of hometown fans face a nerve jangling night when Sheffield’s Galahad gets his long-awaited world title tilt.
“This fight is as tough as they come and hard to call,” says former world super-lightweight and welterweight champion, Hatton.
‘The Hitman’ has seen Galahad from close quarters in the gym when he took boxers to spar with Galahad (26-0) and his gym-mates at the Wincobank gym.
Hatton added: “I used to take Zhanat Zhakiyanov who was WBA bantamweight champion to spar Kid Galahad. I saw then that Galahad can really fight.
“This really is a tough fight, but since Josh became world champion I think he has warmed to it.
“It’s a very good fight and you’ve got to heap all the praise on Josh Warrington.”
Warrington (28-0) caused an upset when he defeated Lee Selby 11 months ago to become world champion, and was the underdog again when he made a successful first defence against Carl Frampton.
Hatton said: “Champions are judged on how good they are by the fighters they faced. Josh has beaten Lee when he was the underdog and Carl, a multiple world champion.
“Now, he is in with another quality fighter, Kid Galahad.
“His confidence has gone up another couple of gears since becoming a world champion. He is coming off the fight against Frampton and you won’t see many better fights in a boxing ring.
“He is on the crest of a wave and while your confidence is up you might has well face these people like Kid Galahad because it needs to be up.”
Although Hatton is full of admiration for Warrington, he believes that Galahad may have more natural talent than the defending champion.
Hatton explained: “Josh has a very high work rate, he doesn’t leave you alone. Look at the Frampton fight, Carl was the better boxer and judge of distance, but Josh took that away from him.
“That is what you do with fighters who have more talent. Take the talent away – bully them, rush them and keep on top.
“I think he will employ similar tactics against Kid Galahad who is very, very talented. Josh has got a very good boxing brain and he is going to need it against Kid Galahad.
“Kid Galahad is very talented, but sometimes people with the most talent don’t win. It is about the right tactics and game plan.
“That is why I pick Josh ever so slightly, but this fight is tough.”
BT Sport have the live and exclusive TV rights for Warrington v Galahad in the UK.
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Josh Warrington and Kid Galahad
Share Heated Face Off at Elland Road!
(April 15th) Ahead of their hugely anticipated World Title clash in June, champion Josh Warrington and mandatory challenger Kid Galahad faced off at the home of Leeds United on Saturday.
Warrington (28-0) will be roared on by his hometown fans at First Direct Arena, Leeds when he defends his IBF world featherweight title against Galahad on Saturday June 15.
During half time of yesterday’s Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday game, the unbeaten Leeds and Sheffield featherweights came face to face for the first time since the press conference to announce their fight back in March.
At the first press conference face off, it was Warrington who felt he left with the upper hand as he was able to cause a noticeable flinch from the Dominic Ingle trained Galahad (26-0) when he leaned in slightly with his head.
This time, there was no flinching and no words from Galahad as Warrington continued to taunt his Yorkshire rival.
He said: “Do you fancy me or something? You can’t take your eyes off me!” as Galahad refused to break his gaze.
As the thousands of fans in attendance began chanting that Warrington should knock Galahad out, Warrington continued to goad Galahad and warned “On June 15th they will get their wish”!
Galahad: Naz Would’ve Walloped Warrington
In Three Rounds, So I’ll Do Him In Six!
(April 2nd) Kid Galahad has been getting tips on how to beat Josh Warrington from featherweight legend Naseem Hamed.
Mandatory contender Galahad challenges the IBF featherweight champion at First Direct Arena Leeds on Saturday June 15, after Warrington’s promoter Frank Warren won the purse bids.
Galahad (26-0, 15 KOs) was encouraged to box by Naz when he was a kid and sent him to the famous Ingle gym in Sheffield.
Now Naz is playing his part in causing the downfall of Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs), and is expected ringside on fight night supporting him.
Sheffield’s Galahad, 29, said: “I don’t want to go into too much detail, but Naz rang me, said a few things and I’ve taken them in.
“Naz would’ve loved facing someone like Josh and beaten him in no more than three rounds.
“It will last no more than six when I take Josh’s title.”
Warrington, 28, caused an upset when he won the title last May outpointing Lee Selby in front of 25,000 fans at Elland Road and in December beat Carl Frampton over 12 rounds in a classic first defence.
Galahad added: “Listen, he has two had good wins against Selby and Frampton.
“I sparred Lee when he boxed Josh and he was a completely different fighter. He was dead at the weight, but it is what is.
“I’ve got to give Josh credit and I expect him to be even better than those two performances, but I believe I am better than him in every single department.”
Josh Warrington vs Kid Galahad Confirmed for June 15th!
(March 19th) Josh Warrington will make the second defense of his IBF world featherweight title against mandatory challenger Kid Galahad at the Leeds Arena on June 15th.
It will be a hometown return for Warrington in the all Yorkshire grudge match against his old amateur rival.
Warrington, 28, caused a big upset when he outpointed defending champion Lee Selby in front of 25,000 fans at Elland Road, home of his beloved Leeds United last May.
In December, he cemented his status as one of the boxing stars of 2018 with a thrilling points win against two weight world champion, Carl Frampton at Manchester Arena in his maiden defense.
Warrington (28-0) had being eyeing a unification clash against WBO champion, Oscar Valdez but the IBF ordered him to face Galahad and purses bids were won by the champion’s promoter, Frank Warren.
Galahad (26-0) was born in Qatar but lived in Sheffield for much of his life and learnt his skills under the tutelage of the late Brendan Ingle. He is now trained by Brendan’s son Dominic.
He became Warrington’s number one contender in October when he outpointed Toka Kahn Clary on his American debut in Boston in an IBF final eliminator.
Galahad, whose is also known as Barry Awad last boxed in December, easily outpointing Brayan Mairena over eight rounds.
Warrington, a former English, British, Commonwealth, European and WBC international champion boxed Galahad twice when they were amateurs winning both contests on points.
He said: “All of sudden people are saying I am capable of beating every featherweight in the world and with that comes expectation.
“I will go into this fight as the bookies’ favorite, but I will be 100 per-cent focused and looking to do a job.
“I knew Barry when we were amateurs and he was always a decent guy, but over the last few years he seems to have changed and put on some persona to blag fans, opponents or himself.
“He did well at super-bantamweight, but he has beaten nobody as a featherweight and he has lost respect from me for some of his antics.
“I want to be Ring Magazine champion, own all the belts and they are in touching distance. I can beat all the featherweights.
“I am concentrating purely on Barry, but after this I want one of the other world champions. I want champion after champion.”
Galahad won British, European, Commonwealth and international titles at super-bantamweight, and an IBF Intercontinental featherweight belt.
Galahad, 28, said: “Josh’s biggest asset is that people underestimate him and he is a lot better than what he looks.
“He’s strong, tough, durable and mentally strong, but I have the skill, will and mental toughness to beat him.
“He beat me fair and square when we were amateurs, but down the line I knew I would always fight him again. This is professional boxing, different game.
“Why am I the man to beat him? I know mentally that I am on a different level and I have the best team in British boxing.
“He is going to walk onto a shot, he is going to get hurt very badly and his dad who trains him will stop the fight because he will make an emotional decision and throw in the towel around round six, seven or eight.”
Warrington snapped back: “That prediction makes me giggle. It is funny how these scenarios get drawn up. He isn’t in touch with reality and talking daft. It is playground stuff.
“He can spout off what he likes, but when the first bell goes it will be me against him and we will see how special he and his team are then.”