THE late Brendan Ingle MBE once described the characters who turned up at his Sheffield gym as “headbangers, nutcases and no-hopers.” He turned them into champions, journeymen and most importantly for him, better citizens.
Kid Galahad can become the fifth – and last – of Ingle’s students to capture world honours when he challenges Josh Warrington for the IBF featherweight championship in Leeds this Saturday (June 15). Galahad came to the gym as “a no-hoper” who Ingle told me “was heading for prison. His favourite trick was jumping on trams without paying.” Galahad goes along with that.
“When you’re from the environment I’m from, going to jail is normal and I would be dead or in prison without Brendan,” admitted the 29-year-old. “He kept me focused, kept me in the gym. I knew I couldn’t get into trouble because I was going to be world champion. Me winning the world title is Brendan winning the world title. June 15 is going to be a great night for me and Brendan.