After 12 rounds of ferocious boxing, Josh Warrington beated Kid Galahad. The scorecard read 116-112 and 116-113 in his favour, and 115-113 in favour of Sheffield boxer.
“He talks about knocking me out, but I have been hit by the very best, clean,” Warrington said before the fight.
Galahad was either out of range or too close. He was happy to hold, and got warned by the referee for doing so illegally in round six. Warrington was struggling to land cleanly and looked short of ideas, even if flurries found their target in the sixth and seventh.
Warrington’s remarkable levels of fitness allowed him to up the tempo in the final rounds. With the crowd roaring, he landed in flurries in the 11th and 12th as Galahad tired and tried to spoil. It may have just won him the balance on the judge’s scorecards, although ringside onlookers were almost unanimously surprised by the their decision.
Warrington will now angle for a money-making, profile-raising, transatlantic fight against one of the big Mexican names of the featherweight division – Óscar Valdez or Léo Santa Cruz.