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Big award for England's Kid Galahad

September, 24, 2014
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Junior featherweight Kid Galahad of England is one of the top prospects in boxing and he has been recognized as such by the British Boxing Writers Association, which has awarded him its prestigious "Young Boxer of the Year" award.

Galahad, who has won the traditional British, Commonwealth and European titles, will pick up his hardware at the organization's annual dinner next month in London.
The 24-year-old Galahad (18-0, 9 KOs), a pro since late 2009, won his most recent fight last week, a 12-round rout of Adeilson Dos Santos.

"This is a great honor for Kid Galahad and it's richly deserved," promoter Mick Hennessy said. "He has won British, Commonwealth and European titles in the space of three fights and has truly established himself as one of the very best [junior featherweights] in the world. It's now only a matter of time before he becomes a world champion."

Galahad has been able to develop a following because his fights have been airing on free TV on England’s Channel 5.

The list of past winners of the award, which dates to the 1950s, is loaded with fighters that went on to become major stars and champions, including Randy Turpin, Ken Buchanan, John Conteh, Barry McGuigan, Frank Bruno, Nigel Benn, "Prince" Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton (there's only one!) and Amir Khan.

Fury's opposition level regresses

June, 18, 2012
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Heavyweight Tyson Fury and his promoter, Mick Hennessy, talk often about stepping up Fury’s level of competition. Fury did it once and won a decision against Dereck Chisora last July, but the level of opposition has decreased since.

They turned down a fight with hot prospect David Price for the vacant British title and now Fury’s next opponent will be New Yorker Vinny Maddalone (35-7, 26 KOs). He is not a step up.
Maddalone (38 years old, 6-foot-2, 230 pounds) is a blood and guts brawler who has made a lot of exciting fights, but he is extremely limited and shouldn’t be much of a problem for Fury, who has the age, height and weight advantage (24, 6-9, 250).

Maddalone is headed to England to face Fury on July 7 and talking upset (shocking, right?).

"I'm looking forward to fighting in England,” Maddalone said. "The Brits may be rooting for him in the beginning but I guarantee they will be cheering for me by the end of the night. I promise to give everything I've got. The Brits are going to experience one hell of a fight and I plan on making lots of new fans."

Maddalone has a lot of experience. He’s faced opponents such as Evander Holyfield, Tomasz Adamek, Jean-Marc Mormeck and Denis Boytsov. However, Maddalone has lost to each of them.

"He's a good opponent, a real tough guy who leaves nothing in the changing room,” said Fury, who is training for the bout in Belgium. “He certainly comes to fight. I'm looking forward to some good rounds and after I beat him maybe we can go out and get something to eat."

Maddalone has lost whenever he has stepped up in competition, but one thing about him is that if he goes down, he will go down swinging.

“I respect Tyson Fury, hats off because he shows lots of guts,” Maddalone said. “I'm really happy for this opportunity. Two guys with guts will make for a great fight."

The fight will air live across England on Ch. 5.

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