Kid Galahad will make the maiden defence of his IBF featherweight title against former world champion Kiko Martinez on the same night that WBC and IBO super-featherweight ruler Terri Harper returns to put her belts on the line against the USA’s Alycia Baumgardner.
The world title double-header lands at the Utilita Arena Sheffield on Saturday November 13 and is supported by an undercard that features Chris Billam-Smith (13-1, 10 KOs) making the first defence of his European cruiserweight title, Leeds super-bantamweight talent Hopey Price (6-0, 2 KOs), James Flint (9-0-1, 2 KOs) battling Dom Hunt (7-0, 1 KO) for the Central Area welterweight title, Donte Dixon (5-0, 3 KO) squaring off with Jordan McCorry (19-7-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round super-featherweight contest, Raven Chapman (1-0, 1 KO), Sheffield light-heavyweight Khalid Ayub (1-0) and Oldham debutant William Cawley.
Sheffield’s Galahad (28-1, 17 KOs) turned in a superb performance as he clinically stopped Liverpool’s Jazza Dickens in eleven rounds to claim the vacant IBF crown at Matchroom HQ in Brentwood, Essex back in August – fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming a world champion.
The Dominic Ingle-trained 31-year-old is targeting supremacy at 126lbs, and has already called for unification fights with the likes of WBC ruler Gary Russell Jr. and WBO champion Emanuel Navarrete, but must first get past Martinez (42-10-2, 29 KOs).
Spain’s Martinez is relishing the opportunity to become a two-weight world champion after suffering a controversial loss at the hands of Manchester’s Zelfa Barrett at The SSE Arena, Wembley earlier this year, and the 35-year-old is well known on these shores having shared the ring with multiple world Champions.
“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!”
“The UK is like my second home, I felt robbed against Zelfa Barrett, but all the fans know who the real winner was,” said Martinez. “I hope that this time the judges will be fair with me. Galahad is a very good boxer and I respect him, but I am very confident in my abilities. I am excited with this opportunity. To become a world champion in a second weight division is my goal.”