UNDEFEATED super-bantamweight ace Kid Galahad has targeted a showdown with pound-for-pound star Guillermo Rigondeaux and believes he can be the first man to defeat him.
Galahad continues on his comeback when he features on British boxing’s biggest night of the year on Saturday October 29 at the Manchester Arena on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s grudge rematch against Wladimir Klitschko.
The 26-year-old, a former British, Commonwealth, European, WBC International and IBF Youth Champion, has racked up two wins this year and featured last at the O2 Arena when he blasted out Emiliano Salvini in four rounds on the Gennady Golovkin vs Kell Brook undercard.
However, the Sheffield hot-shot has now set his sights on the WBA Super World Champion Rigondeaux who last fought in Cardiff in July when he smashed the brave former Galahad foe Jazza Dickens in two rounds to defend his crown.
Classy southpaw Rigondeaux is arguably the most avoided man in boxing with rival world champions’ reluctant to face the masterful boxer whose fast hands, expert footwork and precision knockout counter-punching have taken him to an unbeaten 17-fight record and two world titles.
This doesn’t phase Galahad who’s relishes the opportunity to get in the ring with the Cuban king and believes his powers could be on the slide.
“While other fighters and world champions avoid Rigondeaux, I want him,” said Galahad. “If you’re a fighter you should want to beat the best to become the best. Rigondeaux’s the number one in the super-bantamweight division and is the man to beat, he’s the main man and I’m in boxing to be recognised as the best.
“How do I beat him? Father time catches up with everyone, he’s getting on a bit now and I have youth and desire on my side. Listen, he’s a fantastic boxer there’s no denying that, but as you get older the timing and speed begins to slow down. Ricky Hatton against Kostya Tszyu is a prime example. At heavyweight you can get away with it, but at the lower weights you can’t, you need to be on the ball,”
“I couldn’t take much from his fight against Dickens, but it was a great performance against an outclassed fighter and he did what he had to do in two rounds and broke his jaw. I’d need a round or two to figure out Rigondeaux, but once I’ve got his measure then I’ll do whatever I have to do to win.
“I want to fight him and the sooner the better. Whether it’s the next fight, later this year or early next year I’m here ready and waiting for him.”
For now Galahad will focus on his third fight of the year in Manchester and aims to get his job done in quick time before settling down at ringside to watch his friend Fury and is confident he will defeat Klitschko a second time.
He added, “Tyson’s a great friend of mine, I was out there with him in Germany when he beat Klitschko last year and now I’m on his undercard for the return and I can’t wait. Hopefully I’ll be on early so I can sit down and watch him successfully defend his titles once again.
“Klitschko can’t outbox Tyson, he’s got not chance unless he takes it to him, but he’s getting on a bit and has he still got the legs? Tyson’s mentally levels above everyone out there and he talks the talk and backs it up. He’s too fast and strong for Klitschko and will show it once again when he defeats him.”