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Kid Galahad glides to glory in Sheffield

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Kid Galahad inducted Adeilson Dos Santos to the Ingle School of Boxing at Sheffield's Ponds Forge Arena, claiming the vacant IBF Youth super bantamweight title in the process.

The undefeated Commonwealth, European and now Youth world champion (18-0, 9KOs) was utterly dominant throughout the bout, scoring two knockdowns and barely taking a punch in return en route a thoroughly impressive unanimous decision.

Change of opponent

Galahad, whose birth name is Abdul Barry Awad, was originally scheduled to face the WBA's fifth ranked contender, Tyson Cave, until the Canadian trickster withdrew citing an injury. The previously unbeaten Brazillian Dos Santos (14-1, 10KOs) came into the fight at short notice, but he came in good condition and he brought with him a puncher's chance.

From the outset, it was evident that the slippery hometown hero was holding all the aces. The balletic footwork and stinging jabs from an assortment of angles brought a look of bemusement to the face of the visitor in the opening stanza and a dazzling right cross had him on the seat of his pants right on the bell.

The effortless movement and control of distance exhibited by the 24-year-old switch-hitter kept Dos Santos off balance and allowed Galahad to fire eye catching combinations to head and body.

A perfectly timed right-hand counter off the ropes in the tenth round once again plonked the outclassed Dos Santos onto the canvas, before the uber-talented Wincobank student glided through the remaining rounds.

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Ingle teaching

The great Brendan Ingle preaches and teaches the importance of hitting and not getting hit. He ingrains fine footwork into the youngsters that walk through his door and the Qatar-born contender is passing the course with flying colours.

Post-fight, Galahad issued an open challenge to Scott Quigg (WBA Regular champion) and Carl Frampton (IBF champion) for a December 6 fight.

Impressive Etches

In the chief supporting feature, the hard punching Adam Etches (17-0, 14KO's) overcame the game Samir Santos Barbosa (35-11-3, 25KO's) via third round knockout to claim the IBF International middleweight bauble.

The seasoned Barbosa had fleeting moments of success, but the young Steel City prospect demonstrated a solid chin and retaliated with menace on every occasion. Powerful and accurate head shots were enough to relieve the Brazillian of his senses and effectively end the fight.

With an abundance of domestic rivals at 160-pounds, Etches, know as 'The Bomber', is looking forward to a fruitful future.

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