Kid Galahad won the WBC International super-bantamweight belt, after scoring a unanimous points win over the Jason Booth at the Magna Centre in Rotherham on Saturday night.
Sheffield’s new kid on the block Galahad had to pick himself up off the canvas in round one, when an over-hand right from Booth caught him flush on the temple and wobbled the 21 year old, prompting a standing eight count from the referee. – If Galahad thought he could take his time getting into a fight with experienced veteran Booth, he had another think coming.
The crowd at the Magna were stunned, but Galahad recovered immediately from the visit to the canvas, and proceeded to take control of the fight. – His combination punching was fast and accurate and he shown all the slips, tricks and movement synonymous with an Ingle bred pugilist.
The knock down spurred on Galahad and he caught up with Booth in the fourth with a good left hand that really hurt the 34 year-old. His legs went from under him and he dropped to the floor. Taking the count, Booth regained his composure, but it was looking like the youngster had too much zest for the Nottingham man.
By the midway point, Galahad was now starting to take the fight to Booth and was landing accurately to head and body, as Booth slowed. Never having gone beyond the seventh round, Galahad entered uncharted territory, but if Booth was thinking the younger man might run out of ideas or would tire in the second half of the fight, he was mistaken. – Galahad in fact increased his work rate and looked fresh as the fight wore on and Booth began to look a shadow of his former self and a stoppage looked almost likely if Booth was to take any more flush shots. But the former British and European champion, shown again his true grit and fighting spirit to stay in the fight.
Galahad had the raucous Rotherham crowd on the edge of the seats in the seventh. He unleashed several flashy combinations, as Booth struggled to cope with the excellent variety and accuracy of his work. A stoppage looked on the cards, but Booth gritted his teeth and once again regained his defences and his composure.
Booth who has been a credit to boxing inside the ring, continue to bite hard on the gumsheild and tried to land his own shots, but any zap in his punches had gone. Galahad, growing in confidence stayed in control and shown a good range of skills and maturity to keep Booth on the end of his unorthodox shots.
In round eleven another big right hand hurt Booth, who now bleeding from his mouth and it was a session that took almost the last dregs of energy and resolve the proud Booth had. But this fighting warrior came out for the final round and although his legs gave way again, more from exhaustion than a telling shot, he made it to the final bell.
Galahad was a clear winner on the judges scorecards taking all three votes, 120-109, 118-111 & 118-110, and the new championship belt that was formally held by Manny Pacquiao a long while back.
Galahad is a work in progress but shown enough in his first twelve round championship fight and only his 11th contest, that he is one British prospect to keep an eye on. His hero was Prince Naseem Hamed, they both came from the same steel City and it was the Prince who encouraged a young ‘Kid’ to go down to Brenden Ingles, Wincobank gym and train. – If Galahad is going to try and follow in Hamed’s boots, he may just have an hard task to follow. – But Kid Galahad is a boxer with his own natural qualities and sits in the British super-bantamweight rankings nicely now ready to fulfil the potential being bestowed on him. The Kids got talent and can go along way.
As for Jason Booth, (now 39-9) and having lost his last three fights, it looks like old father time as had its say and at championship level that Jason as campaigned at for so long, his finest hour is well behind him. no one wants to see Booth cannon fodder for young up and coming prospects and should now consider calling time on what has been a remarkable career. – Maybe one last fight to go out on a win, he deserves that. Then maybe ‘Jason Booth the Auto Biography’ could be ready to be scribed! – With a tale or two to tell in and out of the ring, it would be a riveting read. Good luck Jason what ever you decide to do. And onwards and upwards for the newest star from Sheffield’s boxing conveyor belt Galahad.
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