Kid Galahad has made it clear to bitter rival Josh Warrington that he won’t “leave it to the judges” should he get a world championship rematch against the Leeds warrior.
The 29-year-old Brit faces Claudio Marrero this weekend on the undercard to Kell Brook vs Mark DeLuca in his home city of Sheffield, to instate himself as the mandatory challenger to the IBF featherweight crown.
Victory for Galahad would win him a chance for a second shot at world title level, stumbling in his first attempt only to a close split decision loss to current champion Warrington.
However, Warrington could unify his belt with fellow champion Shakur Stevenson in his next fight who currently holds the WBO strap.
Stevenson is first set to return to the ring in March against the Colombian fighter Miguel Marriaga. But if the Warrington-Stevenson fight can’t be made for one reason or another, Galahad could force his way in as soon as this summer, provided he comes through Marrero on Saturday night.
Speaking to the media Galahad has been quoted as saying: “Hopefully [Warrington vs Stevenson] does come off because I’d then fight for both titles, if they don’t vacate,”
“I’d like Warrington to win. At the end of the day, he’s a fellow Brit.
“The end goal is to fight for a world title. Hopefully against Warrington.”
Galahad spoke on his only career defeat loss to Warrington: “He knows he lost that fight. Has it taken the edge off him? I don’t know. But in the back of his mind, he knows that he lost.
“You can’t leave it to the judges.
“He’s on his path and I’m on my path – I can’t underestimate Morrero.”
Marrero, who hails from the Dominican Republic, has 27 fights under his belt with 24 wins and just 3 defeats is aiming for the stars with hopes of his first shot at world title glory.
“Marrero is a dangerous opponent. Very well seasoned. It is going to be a tough fight for me.
“I’ve always believed that I’m at [world championship] level but people now believe in me more. People around me knew that I belong at this level.
“It will be an exciting fight because he’s coming to win. But whatever I’ve got to do to secure that world title shot, I will do.”
Galahad’s final words to his fellow Yorkshireman was: “I’m coming. But this is a very tough fight for me, and I need to be fully focused to do a job on this kid.”
Fight prediction – Galahad win via unanimous points decision, possible late stoppage.
I believe this should be a straight forward easy points win for Kid Galahad and if he has any serious intensions of fighting for another world title the 29-year-old has to be beating opponents like this and doing it in style.
However, this is boxing and upsets do happen but if Galahad stays focused on the night this should be a routine victory for the Brit and I hope to see him in with Josh Warrington next.
Written By Kenny Leavett