- Josh Warrington will defends his IBF featherweight title against Kid Galahad in Leeds on Saturday, June 15th
- Both boxers are undefeated
- A roaring soccer-style crowd is expected in Leeds
An old-fashioned boxing grudge match will take place in England when Josh Warrington defends his IBF featherweight title against local rival Kid Galahad in Leeds on Saturday, June 15th at First Direct Arena at 5.00 p.m. ET.
Warrington is the home-town fighter making his second defense of the belt and is favored to win at -275.
Both boxers are undefeated and mandatory challenger Galahad, who is from neighboring Sheffield in Yorkshire, is rated the + 230 underdog.
Josh Warrington vs Kid Galahad Odds
|Fighter||Money Line||Total Rounds|
|Josh Warrington||-275||Un 10½ +325|
|Kid Galahad||+230||Ov 10½ -450|
Odds taken 06/11/19
The two men have traded insults throughout the build-up to the fight which has ensured there will be a crackling atmosphere inside the stadium and a potentially classic smaller weights battle.
Warrington has a large following drawn from the local Leeds United soccer club and has previously sold out the team’s Elland Road stadium.
Warrington vs Galahad Tale of the Tape
Galahad Previously Banned for Steroid Use
Galahad has a controversial background after serving a two-year-ban for use of the banned anabolic steroid Stanozolol between 2014 and 2016.
Much of the taunting aimed at Galahad by Warrington has been about the failed drugs test as he has attempted to unsettle his opponent’s mentality.
Warrington Rated Number Two by The Ring and ESPN
The 28-year-old Warrington is known for his high energy levels and his toughness which makes him an excellent pressure fighter.
He has twice overcome his status as underdog to win the two most significant contests of his career and establish himself as a star with ambitions to make it big in the US.
Warrington was unfancied when he challenged Lee Selby of Wales for the IBF featherweight belt in May 2018. Be he outworked the champion to claim a split decision victory in front a raucous crowd at the Leeds United soccer ground.
Then he secured a major scalp when he won a unanimous decision victory over Northern Ireland’s former super-bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton in Manchester in December last year.
His record stands at 28 wins and no defeats but after only six knockouts, the clash with Galahad is likely to go the distance.
Kid Galahad and trainer Dominic Ingle speak to Tris Dixon about fulfilling destiny against IBF featherweight titleholder Josh Warrington: https://t.co/QxabJnnvCh @KidGalahad90 @dominicingle @BTSportBoxing @frankwarren_tv @TrisDixon #WarringtonGalahad #boxing?
— Bible of Boxing (@ringmagazine) June 11, 2019
Even so, the fact that Galahad is clearly making a risky step up in class makes the prospect of Warrington winning in under 10-and-a-half rounds an intriguing betting prospect at +325.
The Ring magazine rates Warrington as the no. 2 global featherweight behind Leo Santa Cruz, who holds the WBA belt. The ESPN ratings also place Warrington second.
Galahad a Product of Brendan Ingle’s Tutlage
Galahad, 29, is of Yemeni descent but was born in Qatar in the Middle East. He moved to England at the age of four.
He has previously been the European British and Commonwealth super-bantamweight champion but has not fought opponents of the same caliber as Warrington.
He has won 26 straight fights and has secured 15 knockouts – suggesting that if any boxer might end the fight early on Saturday, it will be Galahad.
Kid Galahad has won 26 straight fights and has secured 15 knockouts.
As a product of the famed Sheffield gym established by the late Irish trainer Brendan Ingle, Galahad is known for his clever movement and awkward style. However, he also has powerful heavy hands.
It's all a numbers game for Josh Warrington ?
243 punches landed
217 total rounds
205 power punches
155kg dead lift
95 body shots
8 miles a day
6 titles won
All to protect the most important number…
— Boxing on BT Sport ? (@BTSportBoxing) June 11, 2019
Ingle famously took another Sheffield-based boxer of Yemeni descent to world title success.
Prince Naseem Hamed held multiple world featherweight titles between 1995 and 2000 and has been inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.
It was Hamed who advised Galahad to take up the sport at Ingle’s gym to keep out of trouble on the streets.
Galahad’s real name is Abdul Bari-Awad. The nickname, Kid Galahad, was given to him by trainer Ingle after the boxer played by Elvis Presley in a 1962 movie.
Pick: Josh Warrington -275