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Kid Galahad misses weight for first world title defence despite stripping off

Galahad was forced to strip off and still missed his divisional limit of 126lbs, coming in 0.1 lb over the limit even after removing his clothes

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Kid Galahad has missed weight for his first world title defence against Kiko Martinez and has two hours to make the limit ahead of tomorrow night.

The Sheffield fighter is set to make the first defence of his IBF world title in his home city against lively challenger Martinez.

And a victory could set up an opportunity to unify the division with fellow featherweight world champion Leigh Wood.

But he will now have two hours to make the 126lb weight limit after weighing at 126.1, even after stripping down to his birthday suit.

In the unlikely event he fails to make weight, Galahad would be stripped of his title.



Kid Galahad missed weight ahead of his title defence
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His opponent weighed in comfortably within the limit at 125.4 pounds ahead of Saturday night’s DAZN broadcasted event.

Galahad earned his IBF strap with a victory over Jazza Dickens at Fight Camp with the pair earning plaudits for their brutal war.

“It’s taken me a long time to get here, and I just can’t wait,” Galahad said. “Kiko mentioning Garcia and Joshua, mentally I’m different from those guys.

“Never in my career have I ever underestimated any fighter, on Saturday night trust me he’ll be wishing he never took this fight.

“Forget those unification fights for now, it’s all about Kiko Martinez on Saturday night, going in there and doing a job on him.

“I’m not looking to just go in there and win, he’s had some bad decisions in the past against Barrett and Warrington, so I know he’s going to come and not try leave it to the judge’s hands – that’s what I’m going to do.

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“I believe I’m a different kettle of fish to him and on Saturday night I’m not going to take it easy on him, I’m going to seriously hurt him.”

Martinez proved he was worthy of being a challenger to the world title after putting in a brave performance against Zelfa Barrett in February, where he was unfortunate not to have his hand raised.

But Galahad represents a step-up in class from Barrett with the 31-year-old having suffered only one career defeat to domestic rival Josh Warrington in 2019.

The Spaniard is confident of pulling off an upset and is looking to recreate his aggressive Fight Camp performance in the north of England.

“It’s been constant hard work to get this opportunity so thank you for this opportunity to fight for this World Title,” Martinez said.

“There have been many surprises recently in boxing, look at some of the surprises, Joshua vs. Usyk, we have situations where champions aren’t respecting their defences and their rivals.

“If Galahad doesn’t do the same and respect this fight, he’s going to get a big shock on Saturday night.

“I think you’ve seen the results of Spanish boxing learning from their errors over the years. We’re in a really good position at the moment and doing well.”


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