Galahad vs Martinez & Harper vs Baumgardner Preview & Full Card Running Order
By Oliver McManus
It’s a big night of boxing in Sheffield tonight as Kid Galahad looks to defend his IBF featherweight title against Kiko Martinez. Galahad, 31, is in his first outing since claiming the belt on August 7th.
On that night the wiley Ingle Gym fighter produced a clinical outclassing of old rival Jazza Dickens. Dickens made the more positive start and got the better of the opening round but Galahad turned the screw and soon enough was on top of the contest. Cuts and bruising aplenty appeared on the body and face of Dickens before his corner ultimately pulled him out before the start of the twelfth round.
Up against Kiko Martinez, the IBF champion is rewarded with a favourable homecoming contest. Galahad can’t afford to be complacent, however, with Martinez showing his class and maturity against Zelfa Barrett in February this year. The fact Martinez wasn’t awarded the decision that night still baffles many and you’d be kidding yourself to suggest Barrett and Galahad are on an even footing but the hint of the banana skin remains.
Terri Harper, meanwhile, defends her WBC and IBO super-featherweight titles against Alycia Baumgardner in a fight that whets the appetite. Baumgardner challenges for her first world title and has just the one blemish on her record: a split decision loss to former WBO super-lightweight champion, Christina Lindartaou.
Harper is in her fourth contest for the WBC title, her sixth with the IBO, but her first fight in a year. Last time out she stopped the experienced Katharina Thanderz in the ninth round after a contest filled with aggressive intent. Plenty of American onlookers seem to think Baumgardner could be the toughest test yet for Terri Harper but the champion from Denaby will be hoping her championship experience can set her on the path for unification fights in 2022.
Bournemouth’s Chris Billam Smith makes the maiden defence of his EBU cruiserweight title against France’s Dylan Bregeon. The Gentleman claimed the EBU title, alongside the vacant British, with a wafer thin split decision over Tommy McCarthy. Eddie Hearn has publicly stated his desire to get that rematch but, first, the 31 year old must navigate his way past Bregeon.
The Frenchman was an unlucky loser in April when he faced Fabio Turchi out in Milan but, that aside, has an untouched record. The reality is that, with Turchi the only exception, Billam Smith represents a hefty step up in calibre for Bregeon but the 27 year old has shown his capability in the past. Whether he can step it up on Saturday night remains to be seen.
GALAHAD VS. MARTINEZ WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER
17:10 BST LIVE ON BEFORE THE BELL
6 x 2 mins International Super-Featherweight contest
RAVEN CHAPMAN 9st 3lbs 1oz v KARINA KOPINKSA 9st 2oz
(High Wycombe, England) (Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland)
4 x 3 mins International Light-Heavyweight contest
KHALID AYUB 12st 4lbs 3oz v STANKO JERMELIC 12st 3lbs 7oz
(Sheffield, England) (Split, Croatia)
4 x 2 mins International Featherweight contest
STEVI LEVY 8st 12lbs 7oz v POLINA GOLUBEVA 8st 13lbs 8oz
(Kings Lynn, England) (Narva, Estonia)
4 x 3 mins Bantamweight contest
WILLIAM CAWLEY 8st 6lbs v STEPHEN JACKSON 8st 7lbs
(Oldham, England) (Chorlton-cum-Hardy, England)
19:00 BST LIVE ON DAZN
10 x 3 mins vacant Central Area Welterweight Title
JAMES FLINT 10st 5lbs 8oz v DOM HUNT 10st 5lbs 3oz
(Doncaster, England) (Wakefield, England)
8 x 3 mins Super-Featherweight contest
DONTE DIXON 9st 8lbs 1oz v JORDAN MCCORRY 9st 5lbs 5oz
(Sheffield, England) (Cambuslang, Scotland)
12 x 3 mins European Cruiserweight Title
CHRIS BILLAM-SMITH 14st 3lbs 1oz v DYLAN BREGEON 14st 1lb 8oz
(Bournemouth, England) (Nantes, France)
10 x 2 mins WBC and IBO Super-Featherweight World Titles
TERRI HARPER 9st 3lbs 6oz v ALYCIA BAUMGARDNER 9st 3lbs 8oz
(Denaby Main, England) (Michigan, USA)
12 x 3 mins IBF Featherweight World Title
KID GALAHAD 8st 13lbs 8oz v KIKO MARTINEZ 8st 13lbs 5oz
(Sheffield, England) (Alicante, Spain)