Galahad and Witter keep Sheffield buzzing

The 'Pride of Yorkshire' showdown between Sheffield’s WBC International super-bantamweight champion Kid Galahad (pictured) and Barnsley’s Josh Wale will take place at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre on Saturday May 12th.
Galahad vs. Wale, proudly presented by Hennessy Sports in association with Alma Ingle, will be broadcast live on Channel 5.

The Steel City is enjoying a purple patch of boxing action, hosting recent cards topped by Kell Brook and Gary Buckland and this bill is another for South Yorkshire fans to look forward to.
Kid Galahad, real name Barry Al Awad, beat former two-time British champion Jason Booth to claim the title back in February and is not underestimating Wale.
“Josh is a tough kid and where he comes from it’s like the Wild West on a Saturday night that’s why he's called the Outlaw, they fight for fun.
“He beat my former stablemates, former European, British and Commonwealth champion Esham Pickering and Mo Khalid, so it's revenge time”.
Former English champion Josh Wale said, “There’s a lot of buzz about this kid, but I’m going to burst the bubble big time next month live on Channel 5 when I do a number on him.
“This is a massive fight for me and it’s a massive fight for him because he’s never been in with anyone like me. I’ll give him hell from the start and he best get ready for a war.
“People struggle with the Ingle style but not me - I’ve already beaten two kids from the gym and come May 12 Galahad will become the third.”
Also in action will be Sheffield’s former WBC champion Junior Witter who will be challenging champion Colin Lynes from Hornchurch, who sensationally beat Lee Purdy back in November to claim the British welterweight title. When the two last fought back in 2005, Witter beat Lynes on points defending the European, British and Commonwealth light-welterweight titles.
Witter said, “I have a lot of respect for Colin, he’s shown great character to comeback and turned his career around and I believe he’s better than before.
“I know people expect me to beat him but it is going to be harder than our first fight, but I’m looking forward to claiming the British title for a second time.”


Derry Mathews

It can be rather strenuous watching a Derry Mathews fight. Like a penalty shootout in football, a Mathew’s fight squeezes enough drama, tension, and unpredictability into a short duration so his popularity and fight frequency is rightfully high. Next up for the Liverpool veteran is another chance at domestic glory as Walsall’s Martin Gethin put his Lonsdale lightweight belt on the line at the Liverpool Olympia on May 10th.

Fight Reports

Brentwood’s ‘Smokin’ Joe Mullender (6-1) got back on track with a close points win over Peckham’s Diego Burton (4-4-1) over ten rounds at the York Hall on Saturday. It was a belter of a fight on a slightly smaller than usual Goodwin bill, partly due to 'Flash' Ashley Sexton not making weight again (more on this later) and 'Big Dog' AJ Carter’s opponent, who reportedly turned up with Evo-Stick holding his mooey in place.