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Last weekend saw another victory and another title belt for the undefeated Kid Galahad who continued on his fight towards his ultimate goal of clinching a world title.

Galahad, real name Barry Awad, comfortably overcame the Australian Fred Mundraby, at Ponds Forge, to pick up the vacant Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title.

BELTS: Kid Galahad sits with his new Commonwealth title, alongside his recently acquired European belt, after registering a convincing victory in Sheffield

BELTS: Kid Galahad sits with his new Commonwealth title, alongside his recently acquired European belt, after registering a convincing victory in Sheffield

The Sheffield boxer, whose unbeaten streak was extended to 17 wins with the latest victory, was in control from the first round, landing big left hand blows to Mundraby’s body.

In the second, the current Australian super-bantamweight champion continued to struggle against the pace and power of Galahad, who connected with a number of shots to the face, clearly halting him in his tracks.

The Kid was on top and a big combination in the third was followed up by a dominant fourth round from the hometown fighter, with his 26-year-old opponent retiring after four rounds of punishment. To Mundraby’s credit, he continued to fight until the end, yet the speed of Galahad had given him no choice but to hold up his gloves and accept defeat.

Victory signalled Galahad’s first bout since his European title win over Sergio Prado in March, and he says he knew it was going to be a hard contest, against a ‘tough competitor’.

CHAMP: Kid Galahad, aka Barry Awad, will add the Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title to his growing collection after victory over Fred Mundraby last Saturday

CHAMP: Kid Galahad, aka Barry Awad, will add the Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title to his growing collection after victory over Fred Mundraby last Saturday

Speaking after the fight, he said: “I’m feeling okay and fairly good. It was a good performance and a good night overall.

“I knew he was going to be tough. I said beforehand to people that he was going to be a tough fighter, he’s got tricky moves, he’s slick and throws wild shots we knew what was coming.

“The Sheffield crowd always shows me love and support every time I fight; I love them and they love me back.”

He added: “If [the Commonwealth belt] is there for the taking you may as well take it. Obviously these belts don’t really mean much compared to the world title belts as that’s the one that means the most to everyone.

“That’s still my ultimate aim, to win the world title, but you have to take these small stepping stones on your way to getting there.”

The win, in front of his home crowd, was just the latest of these stepping stones in the champ’s ever-improving career, and he says the decision on who he will face next lies with his manager.

“It’s up to John Ingle where to go next,” he said.

“Whatever route he wants to take me down, I’ll be happy to go down – I think that’s the best way.

“John Ingle is my manager, that’s what I pay him for…he can get me to where I need to be.”

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