Galahad seeks to extend Ingle's legacy of world champions

Kid Galahad is looking to claim a world title on the weekend in honour of his late trainer Brendan Ingle. Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

If Kid Galahad is crowned world champion on Saturday, there will be one person in particular he will emotionally thank -- his late trainer, Brendan Ingle.

Galahad will try to become the fifth and last boxer discovered by Ingle to win a world title when he challenges Josh Warrington for his English and Yorkshire rival's IBF world featherweight title at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. Warrington's second title defence will be streamed live on ESPN+ in the U.S. and on BT Sport in the UK.

Ingle died last year, but his legacy lives on in Galahad (26-0, 15 KOs), 29, who credits the Sheffield-based Irishman for saving him from delinquency and beginning his boxing journey that reaches its highest point this weekend.

Ingle, who would have been 79 next week, made Johnny Nelson (cruiserweight), Naseem Hamed (featherweight), Junior Witter (super lightweight) and Kell Brook (welterweight) into world champions from his modest gym in Wincobank, Sheffield.

"I'm the last of dying breed, the last one to come through that Brendan taught," Galahad told ESPN. "On Saturday night, there's going to be a new champion from Yorkshire. It's not going to be Josh Warrington from Leeds, but Kid Galahad from Sheffield.

"When I lift that title on Saturday, I'll think of Brendan because that's how I started in boxing, and boxing is all I know.

"Brendan has been a big influence on my life. If it wasn't for him I would be locked up or dead. He guided me from when I was a kid and he was much more than just a boxing trainer, he was a mentor and counselor. Dominic [Ingle] has also been there for me for years.

"I think Naz [Hamed] is coming down, Kell and Junior should be there too. It will be like the old days. I watched them when they were in world title fights."

It was Hamed, who reigned as world featherweight champion from 1995 to 2000, who introduced Galahad, then aged 13, to Ingle. The Irishman then gave Galahad -- real name Abdul-Bari Awad -- his ring name after a 1962 film featuring Elvis Presley.

Galahad added: "I saw Naz at the local mosque and he told me I need to find this man called Brendan Ingle, so I did and I had to be there at 7am before school for my first training session.

"I grew up surrounded by champions. I've been around these fights all my life when Junior Witter won the world title against DeMarcus Corley, when Kell Brook won the world title against Shawn Porter and even when Johnny Nelson beat Carl Thompson.

"I was born into this. I remember when Kell fought for the world title, people said Porter was going to walk straight through him. But Kell beat him. It was the same when Junior won the title, and it's going to be the same for me against Warrington."

Ingle's son Dominic took over training Galahad and has guided him to this pivotal moment, but the Sheffield boxer's career looked finished four years ago.

Qatar-born Galahad, who moved to England aged four, received a two-year ban, which was later reduced by six months, and did not box for 18 months after he tested positive for the banned steroid stanozolol following his fight against Adeilson Dos Santos in September 2014.

Galahad claimed he failed the dope test because his brother, Mageed Awad, spiked his protein shake drink following a row. He returned to the ring in April 2016, and is Warrington's mandatory challenger.

Warrington (28-0, 6 KOs), 28, expressed his disbelief to ESPN about Galahad's versions of events, and said he had been unimpressed by the quality of his opponents.

"I'm not everyone's cup of tea but it's what happens in the ring on Saturday that matters," Galahad said. "I believe this is the right time for me, I just feel that I should have been world champion a few years ago.

"I have to capitalise on this fight. We've known each other since amateurs and I've been waiting to get revenge because he beat me twice. I've always known we would fight each other again.

"I didn't have any other option but to carry on when I got that ban. I didn't have an exit plan because I don't have any other trade, boxing is all I know."