Sheffield’s Kid Galahad dealt artfully with Barnsley’s Josh Wale on Saturday, peppering him silly for nine rounds until the Brampton man was pulled out in his corner due to worsening facial damage. Wale, a window cleaner by trade, was out of his depth here. After a torrid opening round, during which realisation dawned that brute force and honest graft would not nearly be enough to thwart this latest Ingle gym prodigy, “The Outlaw” looked as though he’d been asked to clean the nearby Meadowhall Centre with a thimble full of suds and a napkin.
As promised, Wale, 120 ¾, rushed Galahad, 121 ¾, on the opening bell. The favourite, though, was ready for him, and took the pep out of his charge with a sharp and debilitating body attack. Waves of darting, accurate punches would then follow, smacking plum into Wale’s face – it was a highly impressive exhibition of skill. In fact, with only a little more power, Galahad might well have had his hand raised before three minutes were up.
As it was, Wale was forced to endure a prolonged and incessant whupping. He was simply unable to deal with Galahad’s handspeed and crafty moves and, even when he’d manage to round on his tormentor against the ropes, or in a corner, Galahad would slip his lunges and then moonwalk off to safety before starting the tenderising process all over again.
Post-fight, Galahad, 12-0 (5), called out domestic junior featherweight rivals Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton along with the Spanish European champion Kiko Martinez. Whether he holds enough power to deal with any of that trio (he landed cleanly on Wale repeatedly with negligible effect) remains to be seen. With skills as sublime as his, maybe he doesn’t need it? Wale falls to 14-4-1 (7).
Junior Witter, 41-5-2 (22), is a British champion once again after he outpointed Colin Lynes, 36-10 (12), for the second time in his career – this time up at welterweight. After overturning long odds and at the grand old age of 38, a lucrative pension pay-out against Manchester’s Matthew Hatton could now lie ahead. Scores read 117-112, 115-114 and 116-114.
Chris Eubank Jnr. claimed his fourth professional win (two quick) at middleweight with a six round unanimous decision over York’s Harry Matthews.
Television: Channel Five
Promoter: Mick Hennessy