Per multiple sources, Doncaster’s IBO Lightweight Champion Maxi Hughes and Sheffield’s former IBF Featherweight world champion Kid Galahad have agreed on a deal for a 135-pound title fight in the last third of the year. The All-Yorkshire clash will take place on a Matchroom on DAZN UK show with a date in October likely.
Hughes and Galahad were in talks for a summer bout after Maxi Hughes lost out on the Ryan Garcia fight to Javier Fortuna back in May. Hughes was looking for a bigger fight but it appears now he’ll have to settle for this one.
Maxi Hughes vs Kid Galahad: Breakdown
Maxi Hughes (25-5-2) is on what can only be described as a ‘career-changing’ run in his last five contests which started with a major upset win over Jono Carroll. He went on to take the 0 off of dangerous Kazakh Viktor Kotochigov, came in on late notice to win the British title by stoppage, beat Mexican Jovanni Straffon for the IBO lightweight title and most recently successfully defended against Ryan Walsh.
Kid Galahad (28-2) won the IBF Featherweight championship on a second attempt, after controversially losing to Josh Warrington in 2019, against Jazza Dickens at fight camp last year. Galahad then got the opportunity to headline in the arena in his hometown of Sheffield in a relatively straightforward defence but was brutally knocked out by Kiko Martinez.
Galahad was looking to move up to a 130-pounds and agreed a fight with Jorge Castaneda for March but had to pull out with injury. Galahad now realises that moving up one weight class isn’t enough and will jump straight to lightweight in a very tough ask for a man that is coming off a bad knockout and almost 12 months of inactivity by the time he fights.