Josh Warrington decisions Kid Galahad – live fight results
By Scott Gilfoid: Josh Warrington (29-0, 6 KOs) successfully defended his IBF featherweight title for the second time in beating #1 IBF challenger Kid Galahad (26-1, 5 KOs) by a 12 round split decision in a battle between two light hitters on Saturday night at the First Direct Arena, in Leeds, UK.
The scores were 116-113, 115-112 for the 28-year-old Warrington, and 115-113 for Galahad. Boxing News 24 saw Warrington winning by a 116-113.
The fight was painfully boring to watch, because neither of these guys showed much in the way of punching power. Warrington was coming forward looking to throw with everything he had, but he was too wild with his shots. Galahad was able to use his defense to pick off and dodge Warrington’s shots all night. However, Galahad forgot that he needed to throw punches to win the fight, so it wasn’t surprising that he lost.
Galahad, 29, showed good movement throughout the contest. If the fight was judged on the ability of Galahad to move around the ring to avoid Warrington’s shots, he would have won. As the challenger, you’ve got to do more than just play defense all night long if he want to unseat the champion. Galahad failed to do that tonight, and he only has himself to blame.
Fighting in front of his home fans in Leeds, Warrington had a lot of cheering. To listen to the crowd, you would think that Warrington put on a masterclass performance. Believe me; he didn’t. Warrnigton fought like he had both eyes closed with the way he was throwing wild shots. Other featherweight champions Gary Russell Jr., Leo Santa Cruz, Oscar Valdez, Can Xu and Eduardo A. Ramirez have nothing to worry about from Warrington. He’s not in their class talent-wise.
Where does Galahad go from here?
After this loss, Kid Galahad has some tough choices to make about his career. He’s not good enough to beat the other champions, and he’d probablly lose to some of the top contenders like Tugstsogt Nyambayar, Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton, Shakur Stevenson and Jessie Magdaleno.
Galahad go either go the domestic level route to fight for the British featherweight title or go after the EBU belt. Perhaps in the future the featherweight division will thin out, and there will be an opening for Galahad to slide in and grab a vacant world title. Right now it doesn’t look good for Galahad. Warrington is arguably the weakest link among the champions at featherweight right now. Galahad coming up short against Warrington means that’s not good enough to win a world title right now.