Kid Galahad ready to complete rehabilitation with victory over Josh Warrington
Kid Galahad claims he can go from zero to hero by dethroning IBF featherweight king Josh Warrington on Saturday.
Galahad’s reputation was damaged when he failed a drugs test in 2014 and served 18 months of a two-year ban.
He has seen how Tyson Fury and former gym-mate Billy Joe Saunders have rebuilt their careers after positive tests and feels beating Warrington would rehabilitate him.
“Their situations were completely different to mine, but a big performance and a big win could change everything,” said the unbeaten Sheffield fighter.
“They have been in some high-profile fights and I haven’t yet. After I beat Josh Warrington most of the people who have been giving me stick will probably be my fans.”
Galahad, 29, has been criticised by Warrington for refusing to apologise for his failed test for the banned substance stanozolol.
He has always maintained one of his drinks was spiked out of spite by his brother and insists he has no reason to say sorry.
“If you fail a drugs test you should get banned,” said Galahad, who has earned his shot at Warrington as the IBF’s mandatory challenger. “I believe the exact same thing as Josh.
“My situation was, I did my time, sentence was reduced and I am now back and in this situation.
“How can I show remorse when I did not take the substance? It may come across as me showing no remorse because I am not a very emotional person. But I believe I did nothing wrong.”
Galahad is the latest fighter from the Ingles’ famous Wincobank gym to challenge for a world title and he insists he does not feel under any extra pressure since Saunders and Kell Brook left.
He is now the gym’s biggest name, but insists nobody is No 1 at Wincobank.
“We all carry the gym on our shoulders,” he said. “We have Lee Williams, Jason Quigg, Jake Ball, Willy Hutchinson, the gym is booming and we have loads of kids coming through.
“In our gym there are no No1s or No2s, no-one gets treated differently.
“Billy and Kell both lived with me for the last two years and we had good times. You pick up certain things from fighters, moves and styles, and if anyone ever asks me who the most talented fighter I have ever seen is, I will always say Billy Joe Saunders.”
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