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Kid Galahad signs multi-fight deal with Matchroom after claiming IBF title

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Hearn claims he’ll be chasing unifications after a voluntary defense this November

Kid Galahad v Jazza Dickens - vacant IBF Featherweight World Title Photo by Leigh Dawney/Getty Images

Newly crowned IBF featherweight champion Kid Galahad has grand ambitions and some promotional muscle behind them, as he’s signed a multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing.

“DAZN and Eddie have a new star on their hands,” said Galahad. “I told you all before this bout, ‘I AM FIGHT CAMP’, and I believe my performance on Saturday night showed that. Now I look forward to showcasing my skills back in the arenas in front of the crowds.

“Boxing is at its best with the boxing fans in attendance – and Featherweight boxing is at its best when Kid Galahad is in the ring, under them bright lights, shining and closing the show in style. From the ring walk to the ring craft – I’m the best in the division and I’m ready to put on a proper show with Matchroom and DAZN.”

Galahad (28-1, 17 KO) is 2-0 since a controversial loss to Josh Warrington in 2019. An impressive stoppage of Claudio Marrero put him at the front of the line once again, but Warrington elected to vacate the title in fruitless pursuit of Xu Can. This left Galahad to beat down former victim Jazza Dickens this past Saturday for the belt.

Eddie Hearn tells ESPN that Galahad will ideally take a voluntary defense in November before chasing unifications, naming Leigh Wood and WBO champ Emanuel Navarrete as potential foes. The Wood fight relies on the cretinous WBA rightfully stripping “super” champ Leo Santa Cruz of the belt he hasn’t defended since 2019 and installing Wood in his place, as the IBF’s refusal to accept the WBA “world” title is what led Warrington to dump his belt in the first place. Navarrete, meanwhile, should be available after his October 16th mandatory defense against Joet Gonzalez.

As far as WBC champ Gary Russell Jr., he supposedly came to terms with mandatory challenger Rey Vargas in March, but we haven’t heard squat since. Who even knows at this point.