Vandalised Lower Manor Boxing Gym

Stars back boxing gym's revival

Boxing stars turned out for the reopening of a Sheffield gym that local companies have helped to recover from a raid by vandals.

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Kid Galahad eyes title success

The unbeaten Sheffield boxer Barry Awad - better known as Kid Galahad - takes the next step in his career tomorrow night, when he takes on Spain's Sergio Prado for the vacant European Super Bantamweight title at Pond's Forge.

The 24 year-old is trying to follow in the footsteps of another colourful Sheffield fighter - Prince Naseem Hamed - who almost exactly 20 years ago won a European title at the very same venue.

John Shires went to meet the title hopeful:

Kid Galahad hoping to line up world title shot

Sheffield super-bantamweight Kid Galahad hopes to move into the world title reckoning by claiming the vacant European crown at the expense of Spaniard Sergio Prado in Sheffield on Saturday night.

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The 24-year-old knows an impressive performance could help him force a fight with either Scott Quigg or Carl Frampton in what could be an enticing domestic showdown.

Galahad has won all 15 of his professional fights but struggled to impress last time out when he stopped Liverpool opponent James Dickens in the 10th round of their bout in Rotherham.

Galahad told livefight.com: "Hopefully I can fight either Quigg or Frampton in a world title fight next year but if they are willing to fight now I am willing to do it.

"I know I have the style to beat them. I don't think they will fight each other so I am willing to fight either of them."

Galahad should not have any problems against Prado, who has a distinctly unimpressive record of nine wins - with just three coming inside the distance - and three defeats.

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Robles stands in front of Brook's title shot

Sheffield boxer, Kell Brook, will be feeling the pressure as he faces up to the hard punching Mexican, Alvaro Robles, at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Earlier in the week it was confirmed that - at long last - the unbeaten welterweight will get his shot at a world title.

But his dreams could still be shattered if he doesn't get past the man from South America.

John Shires went to check out his preparations:

No complacency for Brook ahead of title fight

Kell Brook has vowed to guard against complacency as he looks to move closer to a world welterweight title fight in Liverpool on Saturday night.

Kell Brook Credit: Press Association

The Sheffield fighter has been guaranteed a summer shot at the IBF belt currently held by American Shawn Porter - provided he dispatches Mexican Alvaro Robles at the Echo Arena.

Robles is no slouch having stopped all but two of his 17 victims inside the distance - but has also been frequently floored himself.

Brook said: "This is a very important fight and it is a banana-skin fight. It is important because if I don't win this there is no big one to follow.

"Robles is going to be game and he will want to take my head off. I am looking forward to the opportunity to get in there and show people what I can do."

Sheffield Welterweight star will get World title shot by July

Sheffield Welterweight boxer, Kell Brook, will have a shot at the world title no later than July 19th.

Kell Brook Credit: Press Association

The IBF have ruled that Shawn Porter may risk his IBF welterweight title against Paul Malignaggi on the condition that the winner must make his next defence against mandatory challenger Kell Brook this summer.

Both men must confirm in writing that whomever emerges as champion has the obligation to face Brook next.

Porter-Malignaggi must take place by April 19, with the winner required to face Brook 90 days thereafter.

If Porter-Malignaggi fails to materialise by April 19, Porter’s next defence must be against the unbeaten Sheffield star.

Nick Clegg's "Boxing Day" wish

Nick Clegg "wants boxing gloves" for Christmas

Nick Clegg has asked for boxing gloves for Christmas - but has declined to admit who he will imagine punching with them.

The Deputy Prime Minister said he used them at weekly kick-boxing sessions because it "gets stuff out of my system".

But the gloves supplied by his gym were "slightly smelly" so he hoped to get a Liberal Democrat-yellow pair as a present from his wife, Miriam.

Mr Clegg was talking on a festive version of his weekly Call Clegg phone-in on the radio - recorded at the Children's Hospital School, Great Ormond Street.

"This is so going to be misinterpreted - but I've actually asked for a pair of boxing gloves", he said. "Not to wear them in the House of Commons, although come to think about it, maybe I should. It's because once a week, I go to a gym and... I do these exercises.

"The boxing gloves in the gym are slightly smelly. So I thought I may as well just ask for my own boxing gloves and I'll take them to the gym. "It's just really good exercise. So I've asked Miriam for a pair of 12oz boxing gloves."

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IBF bantamweight title for Hall at Leeds Arena

Stuart Hall completed his unlikely road to redemption by claiming the vacant IBF bantamweight title after a wild and woolly points win over South African Vusi Malinga at the FirstDirect Arena in Leeds.

His left eye swollen completely shut through the final four rounds, Hall took the fight unanimously 116-111, 117-110 (twice) on the three judges' cards after a thrilling, action-packed war which saw Malinga dumped to the canvas in round three.

Boxing clever: the qualified accountant trying to make his name in the ring

Now there is a big night of boxing in store tomorrow when the Leeds Arena hosts it first ever sporting event. Topping the bill is a world title fight between Stuart Hall and Vusi Malinga, but there are also a number of local fighters on the bill.

One of those is 23 year old unbeaten middleweight Lewis Taylor from Dronfield in Sheffield. Chris Dawkes has been to meet him.

Leeds Arena to host world title fight

The new Leeds Arena stages its first big night of boxing on Saturday December 21.

Topping the bill is the battle between Darlington's Stuey Hall and South African Vusi Malinga for the vacant IBF World Bantamweight crown.

The line-up also includes plenty of up-and-coming local talent. Calendar has been talking to promoter Dennis Hobson and Leeds fighters China Clarke and Steve Mennell.

500 tickets sold for boxer's Philippines fundraiser

More than 500 tickets have been sold for a Philippines typhoon fundraiser hosted by boxer Amir Khan.

At the event in Bradford tonight, there will also be a charity auction for memorabilia from footballing greats including Ronaldo and Messi and boxing memorabilia belonging to Khan himself.

"We've been overwhelmed by the support from the local community in Bradford already and we're hoping to raise thousands for the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal this Sunday.

"The typhoon caused mass destruction across the Philippines and I'm honoured to be working with Islamic Relief to organise this dinner for such a good cause."

– Amir Khan
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