UPDATE (10:10 am ET): Kid Galahad returned well within the allotted two-hour limit, officially weighing 125.5 pounds on second attempt. The below story remains as originally written at the time of the weigh-in.
Kid Galahad is nearly set for his first title defense.
The local hero and defending IBF featherweight titlist was slightly over the divisional limit for his scheduled bout with former junior featherweight title claimant Kiko Martinez. Galahad weighed 126.1 pounds after stripping down to his birthday suit and will have two hours to make the 126-pound for the DAZN-streamed main event Saturday evening from Sheffield Arena in his hometown of Sheffield, England.
Martinez effortlessly made weight on the first try, checking in at a fit and ready 125.4 pounds.
Galahad returns home just three months after claiming the IBF title following an eleventh-round knockout of James ‘Jazza’ Dickens in their rematch this past August on the outdoor grounds of Matchroom Boxing headquarters in Brentwood, Essex. The fight was his first ring appearance since the pandemic, having earned the mandatory slot following an eighth-round stoppage of Claudio Marrero in their title eliminator at this very site last February.
The lone loss of Galahad’s career came in his first title bid, dropping a contested 12-round split decision to then-unbeaten IBF titlist Josh Warrington in June 2019. Warrington vacated the title in lieu of committing to a mandatory title defense in the form of a rematch with Galahad, who is a perfect 10-0 in his hometown.
Assuming he makes weight later Friday and goes on to win Saturday evening, Galahad and promoter Eddie Hearn have teased interest in a title unification bout with two-division and reigning WBO featherweight titlist Emanuel Navarrete.
Martinez (42-10-2, KOs) is well past his peak years but continues to prove to be a tough nut to crack. The 35-year-old Spaniard breathed new life into his career in defeat, dropping a questionable twelve-round decision to Zelfa Barrett in their 12-round clash this past February at Wembley’s SSE Arena. Martinez has since rebounded with an eight-round decision win just two months ago in Barcelona.
The veteran boxer gained acclaim way back in 2007, when he scored a stunning first-round knockout of then-unbeaten Bernard Dunne on the road in Dublin.
Martinez was undefeated though unheralded at the time, struggling to capture lightning in a bottle as he consistently fell short at the contender level. That changed in his first career trip to the United States, scoring an upset win over then-unbeaten IBF junior featherweight titlist Jonathan Romero in August 2013.
Two defenses followed for Martinez before losing to Carl Frampton in their September 2014 rematch. The battle-tested veteran has since suffered stoppage losses in title bids versus Leo Santa Cruz and Gary Russell Jr.
Terri ‘Belter’ Harper returns to the scene of her title-winning performance just prior to the pandemic, as she defends her WBC junior lightweight belt versus American challenger Alycia Baumgardner (10-1, 6KOs). Both boxers made weight for the scheduled 12-round title fight.
Harper (11-0-1, 6KOs) hit the scale at a fighting fit 129.4 pounds for her first fight in exactly 52 weeks, fighting for the first time since recovering from a hand fracture earlier this spring. Baumgardner—a first-time title challenger from Bingham Farms, Michigan—checked in at a sculpted 129.5 pounds.
The fight represents a major homecoming for Harper, a local hero from nearby Denaby Main who won her belt in a ten-round decision win over Eva Wahlstrom at this very location last February. Two successful defenses have followed—a ten-round draw with 2012 Olympian and top contender Natasha Jonas in their Fight of the Year contender last August and a ninth-round stoppage of unbeaten Katarina Thanderz last November.
A planned title unification bout versus WBA titlist Hyun Mi Choi was planned for May, only for Harper to suffer a fractured right hand which required surgery. Hopes of rescheduling the unification bout instead gave way to a dangerous title challenge versus the 27-year-old Baumgardner who comes in as a live underdog.
Baumgardner fights in her first major title fight along with her first pro appearance outside the United States. The lone loss of her career came more than three years ago, dropping a disputed split decision to Christina Linardatou who advanced from their July 2018 fight to win the WBO junior welterweight title.
Four straight wins have followed for Baumgardner, including an eight-round unanimous decision win over Vanessa Bradford in her most recent start this past August in Orlando, Florida.
Chris Billam-Smith aims to make the first defense of the EBU cruiserweight title versus France’s Dylan Bregeon (11-1-1, 3KOs) in their scheduled 12-round contest. Billiam Smith—a 31-year-old regional titlist from Bournemouth, Dorset—weighed 199.1 pounds in search of his fifth straight win since his lone career defeat to Richard Riakporhe more than two years ago. Bregeon weighed 197.5 pounds for his second straight fight outside of France and first pro appearance in the United Kingdom.
Below are the weights for the rest of the undercard.
Donte Dixon (5-0, 3KOs), Sheffield, 134.1 pounds vs. Jordan McCorry (19-7-1, 4KOs), Cambuslang, Scotland, 131.3 pounds—8 rds, lightweight
Jimmy Joe Flint (9-0-1, 2KOs), Doncaster, Yorkshire, 145.5 pounds vs. Dom Hunt (7-0,1 KO), Wakefield, Yorkshire, 145.2 pounds—10 rds, welterweight
William Cawley (debut), Oldham, England, 120 pounds vs. Stephen Jackson (1-6, 1KO), Manchester, 119 pounds—4 rds, bantamweight
Stevi Levy (4-0, 0KOs), Kings Lynn, Norfolk, 124.4 pounds vs. Polina Golubeva (1-3, 1KO), Narva, Estonia, 125.5 pounds—4 rds, featherweight
Khalid Ayub (1-0, 0KO), Sheffield, 172.2 pounds vs. Stanko Jermelic (0-11, 0KOs), Split, Croatia, 171.4 pounds—4 rds, light heavyweight
Raven Chapman (1-0,), High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, 129.1 pounds vs. Karina Kopinska (14-44-4, 3KOs), Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland, 128 pounds—6 rds, junior lightweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox