Kid Galahad: I’ve Got To Do a Number on Claudio Marrero

Kid Galahad (26-1, 15 KOs) is aiming to get himself back in title contention, when he faces Claudio Marrero (24-3, 17 KOs) in a final eliminator for the IBF featherweight crown.

The card takes place on Saturday February 8 at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, and the event will be headlined by Kell Brook (38-2, 26 KOs), who returns for the first time since December 2018 when he faces once-beaten Mark DeLuca (24-1, 13 KOs).

Galahad has been out of the ring since June 2019, when he lost a twelve round split decision to IBF featherweight champ Josh Warrington.

Marrero won a solid twelve round decision over Eduardo Ramirez, also in June of 2019.

The victory helped him bounce back from a decision loss at the hands of Olympian Tugstsogt Nyambayar.

Both men will be looking at this contest as a must-win opportunity.

“I am fully focused at the moment on Claudio Marrero who is very dangerous and I’m sure this will be a difficult fight for me to win. He has great amateur pedigree as a former Olympian with the Dominican Republic, he’s only lost to high calibre boxers and he can punch,” Galahad said.

“I’ve got to do a number on this kid and get him out the way. I have trained very hard for this fight and I will rise to the occasion, step up my game and be ready for whatever he brings to the table on February 8. I’ve got to be 100% ready and I can’t afford to make any mistakes because if I do that could be the end of the night for me.

“The day after my last fight I went back to the drawing board and straight back in the gym. I don’t believe that I lost that fight but the judges saw it a different way so next time I’ve got to make sure I don’t leave the decision to them. I believe the IBF is the best governing body and that’s why I’ve gone back down that route. I have got unfinished business and the IBF crown is the title that I want but I have challenges to overcome between now and then, if I don’t win this fight then there is no world title fight for me.”