On a weekend that had high-level boxing skills on full display especially in thein the talent loaded featherweight division, there was one performance in particular that caught the attention of the boxing world. Kid Galahad took on a rugged opponent in Claudio Marrero, of the Dominican Republic, on the undercard of Kell Brooks return in the Sheffield Arena. Marrero was a battle-tested veteran who was supposed to represent a big challenge and was considered a live underdog by many boxing pundits. However, he proved to be easy to work for the hometown fighter. Gallahad took apart his veteran opponent dominating every round on his way to scoring an eighth-round TKO in an IBF final eliminator bout. Running his record to a highly impressive 27-1 (16) as well takes home our fighter Of The Week award and more importantly secured himself a rematch with rival and fellow countryman Josh Warrington. Warrington eeked out a somewhat controversial decision over Galahad back in June of last year.
Galahad said about his controversial loss “After last time against Warrington, I couldn’t leave anything to the judges,” he was certainly determined to do just that on Saturday night. Moving and boxing perfectly in the early going, outclassing Marrero throughout the early rounds. Taking round after round with perfectly placed one-two’s an excellent movement and then getting out of the way of the Dominicans return fire. Galahad picked up the aggression and turned the boxing clinic into a beatdown in the seventh round and began punishing his outclassed opponent. Switching between the southpaw and conventional stances the Sheffield based fighter landed pinpoint accurate power shots with both hands. One straight left from the southpaw stance caught Marrero’s attention and seemed to hurt him backing him into the ropes. Galahad seized the moment and jumped on the wounded opponent with a two-fisted attack that put Marrero in a world of trouble. The rugged veteran was able to survive the seventh and his corner gave him one more round to try and turn things around. Unfortunately for Marrero, he was unable to. The 8th was even worse than the one-sided seventh. Marrero tried to unleash heavy artillery to turn things in his favor, but was missing by a mile and being punished with perfectly placed counter shots in return. Unable to land anything of note the Dominicans corner did the only sensible thing and informed the ref that Marrero’s night was over. Giving Galahad his 27th win and 16th by knockout in his 28 fights.
Marrero was no small test a test, a test Galahad passed with flying colors. In doing so secures himself another mega-fight and shot at, Josh Warrington of Leeds. This fight may come sooner rather than later as it is being reported that Warrington’s negotiations for a unification fight with WBO champ Shakur Stevenson has hit a snag and may not come off. If it doesn’t Warrington will have an immediate opening in his schedule and Galahad expressed interest in making the fight as soon as possible. If Warrington and Stevenson do reach a deal it will take them both off the table for an immediate match up with Galahad. However, there are still many other attractive options for the once-beaten contender, including a showdown with the Chinese world champion, Can Xu who holds the WBA strap who will be looking for a big named opponent. Additionally WBC champ Gary Russell Jr. who also won Saturday night has expressed interest in getting out of his deal with PBC to secure fights with the other champions at 126. Either Russell or Can Xu would represent big money fights in either the US or UK.