YOU get the impression that had it not been ordered by the IBF there would be no chance Josh Warrington would ever voluntarily defend his featherweight belt against Kid Galahad.
That doesn’t mean he is worried about the Sheffield man’s skills. Instead, it’s a mark of how much the Leeds fighter is turned off by Galahad’s attitude, behaviour and past misdemeanours.
Galahad, of course, is undefeated in 26 fights and the IBF’s number one-ranked contender. But, crucial to the story-line of this fight, his ascent to a world title shot was interrupted by a two-year suspension (later reduced to 18 months) from UK Anti-Doping in 2015 following a positive test for a banned steroid. Galahad professed his innocence at every turn, claiming his drink had been spiked by his brother after a disagreement over money, yet Warrington and (more importantly) UKAD weren’t having any of it.