A six month exile from the ring has made Upperthorpe fighter Kid Galahad more determined than ever to take over the super-bantamweight division.
Galahad has been fit enough to fight but promotional stable Hennessey Sports have been focusing their attentions on shows abroad so he has been made to wait.
As you might expect, the 23-year-old is raring to go this Saturday night in Kent against Ghana’s Isaac Nettey.
“Everyone has their time, and my time is coming very soon,” the unbeaten Galahad said.
“When I get there I want to stay there for a very, very long time.
“It’s been too long out of the ring but I’ve had to bide my time and wait for everything to fall into place.
“I’ve been getting stronger with the work I’ve been doing at Sheffield Hallam University and I think my man strength has arrived.
“So my opponents are in for even tougher nights now.”
Strangely, the two fighters rated higher than him in the division, Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton have also been inactive in this period.
Galahad had told Frampton’s ex-promoter Eddie Hearn that he’d be willing to fight him on Kell Brook’s next outing at Craven Park in Hull but the Ulsterman has since parted ways to sign with Frank Warren.
The Ingle-trained switch-hitter is still gunning for them both.
“Him (Frampton) and Quigg keep vacating titles saying they’ve got something bigger lined up, but they clearly haven’t because they’re going nowhere,” Galahad said.
“What have they done recently?
“I truly believe that I am the best in the division but how can I prove it if they won’t fight me? I think they’re running scared.”
Galahad’s fight is likely to be broadcast on Channel Five with James DeGale headlining.
Ingle stablemates Muheeb Fazeldin and Leo D’Erlanger are also on the bill. Dronfield’s hard-hitting middleweight Rod Smith fights Friday night in Liverpool.