ON paper it looked like it would be a tough night at the office for Australia’s Fred Mundraby.
After four one-sided rounds, it was exactly that as a brave Mundraby endured a beating before retiring on his stool against England’s Kid Galahad in their Commonwealth super bantamweight title fight in Sheffield, England overnight.
Galahad, 24, beat Mundraby in all aspects of his game, boxing well from a distance and punishing the two-division Australian titlist on the inside. Mundraby, 26, was too small as the jump in weight was ineffective almost immediately for the Cairns-based product, who was never really in the fight.
Fighting with an awkward switch-hitting stance, Galahad (now 17-0, 9 KOs) used poise and ring generalship to counteract any aggression Mundraby (now 15-2-1, 7 KOs) tried to impose on his highly favoured opponent.
Despite showing an unwillingness to plant in once stance for a solitary round, Galahad showed immense power as he battered the gallant Mundraby for the better part of four rounds – almost finishing the proud Indigenous Australian on several occasions.
Galahad was everything he was advertised to be, and then some.
The fight marks an impressive campaign that Galahad is currently on. In eight months, Galahad has collected the British, European and Commonwealth titles as he draws closer to potential fights with highly touted local rivals Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton, who is known locally for his knockout over former Australian champion Mark Quon.
“He (Mundraby) came to win, but I went in there straight away and took it from him, I didn’t let him settle.” said Galahad post-fight. “I think he was ready to be knocked out, basically, but he was tough and he tried pulling every trick in the book, but it obviously wasn’t enough.”