Kid Galahad will make the first defense of his IBF featherweight title at home in Sheffield, England, as he takes on the seemingly ageless Kiko Martinez. Galahad won the belt in a vacant title match against Jazza Dickens in August, picking apart and eventually stopping his opponent after 11 rounds.
Despite being 35-years-old and a veteran of over 50 fights, Martinez (42-10-2, 29 KO) still appears to have a lot left in the tank, and is coming off a victory over Jayro Duran last month. Prior to his most recent outing, Martinez lost a bitterly disappointing decision to British prospect Zelfa Barrett on a set of scorecards that never gave him a chance in a fight many thought he won, prompting Barrett’s own promoter Eddie Hearn to label it “disgusting.”
While Martinez has come up short in many of his biggest fights, losing to the likes of Carl Frampton (twice), Scott Quigg, Leo Santa Cruz, and Josh Warrington, he has also clearly used his extended time against world-class opposition to hone his craft and perfect a style that makes his compact frame work in his favor. Galahad will be the favorite, but he will likely have his hands full.
In the co-feature, super-featherweight Terri Harper (11-0-1, 6 KO) will defend the WBC title that she won against Eva Wahlstrom in February, 2020, against American Alycia Baumgardner (10-1, 6 KO). In her first defense, Harper escaped with a split-draw against Natasha Jonas, in a fight that warranted a rematch that to this point has failed to materialize. She followed that fight with a stoppage victory over previously undefeated Katharina Thanderz in November of last year, but suffered a broken hand that left her sidelined.
For Baumgardner, this will be a major step up, as she has never competed in a fight scheduled for more than 8 rounds, and lost her one previous matchup with a world-level opponent, Christina Linardatou.
Filling out the rest of the card will see Chris Billam-Smith (13-1, 10 KO), Hopey Price (6-0, 2 KO), and three young prospects, Raven Chapman (1-0, 1 KO), Khalid Ayub (1-0), and Willam Cawley (debut), facing opponents TBD. The card will also feature a battle of undefeated fighters, James Flint (9-0-1, 2 KO) vs Dom Hunt (7-0, 1 KO), and Donte Dixon (5-0, 3 KO) will face prospect checker Jordan McCrory (19-7-1, 4 KO).