Kid Galahad has a world title shot well and truly in his sights. Victory over Toka Kahn Clary in Boston pushed the Sheffield mover one step closer to a crack at global glory. Josh Warrington defends his IBF featherweight title against Carl Frampton on December 22 in Manchester and Galahad is now in line to fight the winner.
Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach was in town working the corner of not only Scott Quigg but also Liberian-born Clary. Galahad’s hand speed was causing the Rhode Island resident issues in a rough opener where both men were warned for infringements. Feet were tangling at times as southpaw Clary tried to get on the outside of switch-hitting Galahad.
Galahad was not afraid to engage in the dark arts when necessary. His elbow and shoulder were frequently brought into play. Clary had a better third stanza, but things cooled down in the middle rounds as both men struggled to exert their authority on the contest. Opinion at ringside was mixed as to who was having the better of the skirmishes.
Freddie Roach was berating the referee in between rounds nine and 10, no doubt complaining about Galahad’s nefarious strategies. Clary’s hand wrap tape was becoming loose, adding to the frustration of the crowd. Galahad picked his shots well in a fruitful 10th round. When the final bell arrived, Clary did not strike you as someone who thought he had won.
In the end, it was the Sheffield boxer who prevailed by scores of 118-110 twice and a closer 115-113.