HE boxed like a man, but Kid Galahad’s ascent to the top is going to be a steady one.
All eyes were on the precocious super-bantamweight last weekend. A huge media build-up, a big watching television audience on Channel Five, the small matter of headlining for the first time, and fighting Jason Booth, an opponent who has fought twice as many times for titles as Galahad has professionally.
And under all that pressure, he thrived.
That’s by no means saying that Galahad is the finished article. At 21, there are still errors in him and he had to touch down in the first round, albeit after being caught off balance.
Booth, aged 34, fought his heart out but Galahad was too quick for him. Too relentless. Too classy and he cantered to a unanimous points verdict.
The Nottingham man even admitted afterwards that Galahad reminded him of a younger version of himself -some comparison given Booth’s achievements.
The win was only Galahad’s eleventh as a pro and he knows that there’s no rush and he’s willing to build up his education.
He said: “I’ll probably look at getting a few more fights and some more experience before stepping up again.
“There’s some good future fights to be made and now I’ve got twelve rounds under my belt, which was the main thing for me, I know that I can do the distance.”
A European title shot at Spaniard Kiko Martinez, who defends against Armenian Arsen Martirosyan in March, was mooted by promoter Mick Hennessy and a defence of the WBC International title, won on the night by Galahad, is also an option.
Tasty match-ups domestically against British champion Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton, the Commonwealth champion and protégée of former world champion Barry McGuigan also look possibilities down the line.
With all three of them under 25 and unbeaten, the super-bantamweight division is giving boxing some credibility in a week of shame.