Maxi Hughes asked Kid Galahad to prepare for life after boxing as he defends his IBO World Lightweight title at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday night, live all over the world on DAZN (except Australia and New Zealand).
Hughes (25-2-2, 5 KOs) defended his title for the second time, after outselling fellow Briton Ryan Walsh in March in his first defense, after beating the dangerous belt Giovanni Stravon last September.
Riding the crest of a wave, Maximus has been undefeated since November 2019 and enjoys the status of ‘Cinderella Man’ that came with his impressive level, which has him linked to big fights against California superstar Ryan Garcia and his predecessor. World ruler Jorge Linares.
The Rossington man put those thoughts to one side at the South Yorkshire derby though, with ex-FIFA featherweight governor Galahad () climbing two weights in his comeback rink and looking for an immediate return to the top boxing table – but his 32-year-old opponent says That Saturday night could be the end of the Slickster Ingle Gym streak.
“I hope he has a plan for life after boxing because after Saturday night he has nowhere to go,” Hughes said.
“He was a featherweight champion, and he was looking forward to going to Super-Feather, so I’m amazed that he jumps over two weights to take on me. It’s such a high-profile fight, he’s been an IBF champion and they usually hold their champions in high regard, so they might rank him highly. ,so beating KG should improve my ranking.It would be good to get the top five with them and move on to a bigger fight.It’s the same for me every time,I get that win,maybe a bigger battle is coming.
“I don’t take boxing personally, this is my full-time job and that’s where my mind is. He’s on my way to provide for my family. I’m the underdog and I love that. He was a world champion in his last fight so he’s a top-caliber opponent and that’s what gets the juices flowing. truly.
“I have confidence in my ability and my position in my team. I am not one for bold predictions – I just want to win, whatever is coming, and I think I will make it.”
On a stacked bottom card, Denaby Main’s Terry Harper (12-1-1, 6 KOs) jumped into his welterweight to challenge Scotsman Hannah Rankin (12-5, 3 KOs) for her IBO and WBA Super-Welterweight World titles in England in an interesting Scotland match .
Former World Heavyweight Champion and WBC Harper lost her titles to American Alicia Baumgardner on a Galahad tag against Martinez last year before relegating the IBF lightweight title to Yamila Beilin Abelanida in March.
Rankin captured the gold medal by clinching Maria Lindbergh over 10 rounds at the Tottenham Hotspur Concert Hall in November 2021 before defending her belts against Mexican Alejandra Ayala at SSE Hydro, Glasgow in May.
Birmingham heavyweight Solomon Dacres (4-0, 1 KO) takes on Dominic Akinlade (9-3-1, 4 KOs) Over ten rounds, former GB Olympic team Cheavon Clarke (2-0, 2 KO) looks to keep On his perfect start to life in the Cruiserweight Division against Argentine Marcus Nicholas Karalitzky (7-5-2, 2 KOs), Alnwick Welterweight talent Cyrus Pattinson (4-0, 2 KOs) fights his fifth fight in the paid ranks, a new super heavyweight signature Welterweight Junaid Bustan (2-0, 2 KOs) aims to make it three knockouts from three fights, Mansfield Super Bantamweight player Nico Livares (2-0-1) returns to play after a technical tie at Sheffield Wigan lightweight Rhiannon Dixon (5 -0) She fights for the first time under the STN Sports banner.
Maxi Hughes (defending the IBO World Lightweight title against Kid Galahad): Only Barry knows if he’s the same after KO. Speaking to Terry about it, she had the same thing with Alicia Baumgardner that same night, but she expelled those demons in March by returning to the ring. I talked to Tony Bellew, and he said, Nobody can see if they’ve driven out the demons until they’re back through the ropes and hit on the chin with eight-ounce gloves. There was real sympathy there, no one likes to see a fellow fighter as heavy as this and see medics rush into the ring. We never think this will happen, we just want to go in and fight and go back to our families.
I don’t pressure myself regarding “Passing this battle and the next battle will be enormous”. It’s the way I live my life. I have two kids that I adore, and being a full-time boxer means I’m around them more, and that’s where the pressure comes in because I want to keep living that life. What happens next, nothing is guaranteed, I just want to remain a full time fighter and the best father to my kids.
The shape and the momentum is with me, but I’m exhausted again and that’s something I’m used to, it’s just the way I approach things no matter what people think, as the bookies think; We are confident as a team in what we do and that’s the most important thing – raising my hand and hearing ‘and still’.
Kid Galahad (Transfers to Lightweight for Hughes Challenge): I always push myself really hard in every fight. I have an underdog mentality, every fight is do or die and I have to do a job at Maxi Hughes, and I will. This new weight I feel refreshed, I don’t struggle, and I feel great.
With Kiko Martinez losing, That’s Boxing, It Can Happen, I went straight back to the gym. You (Eddie) told me to go on vacation and take a break, but I had to go to the gym and clear my mind, and think about how it went wrong, I know what I did wrong, and we fixed it on Saturday night and we’ll see.
Maxi’s companion Josh got KO’d by Mauricio Lara and came back to win a world title, so it depends on how you build. I think if Maxi had gotten a KO the way I did, he would have finished but I’m broth different from him, and we’ll see on Saturday.
It’s not mind games, it’s the truth. I got KO’d by Kiko, he told his coach to take him out of the fight because he was bloodshot. That’s the truth, I don’t sugarcoat it, I’d rather go out on my shield, that’s the difference in our mentalities.
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