Kid Galahad has vowed to dethrone featherweight king Josh Warrington in tribute to his former trainer and mentor Brendan Ingle.
Naseem Hamed recommended Ingle to Galahad when he was 13 and is adamant the Irishman saved him from a life of crime.
The legendary trainer nicknamed him Kid Galahad after the boxer played by Elvis Presley in the film of the same name and guided his career until he handed over the reins to his son Dominic.
Galahad, whose real name is Barry Awad, was devastated when he died last year and feels beating IBF champ Warrington on Saturday days before what would have been his 79th birthday would be a fitting tribute.
“Without Brendan I would probably be locked up or doing something bad,” said the unbeaten Sheffield fighter, who is 26-0.
“I was from Toxteth in Liverpool and when I moved over to Sheffield, around 12, it was a big difference.
“I was getting up to things kids my age would never do and Brendan taught me right from wrong.
“The weekend we fight is the weekend of Brendan’s birthday so winning would be a nice birthday present and tribute for him.”
Hamed told Galahad to train with Ingle when he asked him for some advice on becoming a world champion.
Galahad, 29, used to get up at 5am to train with Ingle at his famous Wincobank gym in Sheffield before school and is adamant he can realise his dream of becoming world champion against Warrington at Leeds’ First Direct Arena.
“I met Naz when I was around 13 and I was messing around in a local gym,” said Galahad, who is the IBF’s mandatory challenger.
“I told him I wanted to be a world champion and he said, ‘if you want to be a champion like me, you need to go and find a guy called Brendan Ingle’.
“I went home and told my mum we had to go and find this guy. We drove around for an hour trying to find his gym. It’s next to an old church, but there is no sign for it.
“There were no sat navs back then, but we eventually found it. I went in and spoke to Brendan and he told me to come back at 6am the following day.
“I had to make my own way there. I lived on the other side of town, so I would be up at 5am for the 5.15am tram.
“The rest is history and I have been with Brendan and now Dominic ever since.”