IBF featherweight world champion Kid Galahad says he will dedicate his maiden title defence to the late, great Brendan Ingle this weekend in Sheffield.

Galahad, who won the IBF belt with a spiteful performance against Jazza Dickens in August at Fight Camp, faces veteran Kiko Martinez at the Sheffield Arena, live on DAZN.

“I am beyond excited for this,” said Galahad. “It will give me a great sense of pride to be making my first world title defence right here in Sheffield, the city where my boxing journey began with the legend Brendan Ingle. 

“Brendan told me way back when I was 14 years old that if I stuck with it, I would be a world champion one day – so this will be a special moment for me, and it will be dedicated to Brendan and Alma Ingle. To make my maiden world title defence right here in front of the incredible people of Sheffield, my family and my fans will be a very special moment. 

“Kiko is a former world champion and has been in with multiple other world champions so he has a huge amount of experience. He is a very tough man and never shy’s away during a fight. You’re always going to be in for a hard night’s work with Kiko who will be pushing, pressuring and punching all night long.

“We saw how sharp and hungry he looked against Zelfa Barrett recently so with this being his chance to become world champion again, I’m expecting an even hungrier and sharper version and I will be preparing for exactly that, with no stones left unturned!”