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Getty Images 4 Isak seems more than prepared to deal with the pressure which may well be coming his way And for further evidence of his combination of confidence and exceptional talent, consider his first touch of the ball in Spanish football.

” Billy Joe Saunders was among the first to cry robbery after Josh Warrington beat Kid Galahad on Saturday night. The Leeds champion got the decision in his home arena, prompting his opponent’s former Sheffield gymmate to react angrily on social media. Getty 4 Josh Warrington beat Kid Galahad by split decision Saunders, who used to train alongside Galahad under Dominic Ingle, tweeted: “Boxing p***es me off for that reason. Robbery.

Kid Galahad put it all on the line.” Promoter Eddie Hearn, who has staged many of the 29-year-old’s fights, retweeted BJS‘ post and added: “Head up Kid Galahad, clear winner tonight.” The fight itself began positively for Galahad as he landed a left hand which knocked Warrington slightly off balance and caught his attention in the opening round. Boxing pisses me off for that reason robbery @KidGalahad90 put it all on the line — billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) June 15, 2019 /**/ /**/ Head up @KidGalahad90 clear winner tonight ???? — Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) June 15, 2019 /**/ /**/ The champion began to implement his high-pressure style in response, though it was largely negated by Galahad, setting the scene for extended parts of the contest.

In the second, the Sheffield man continued his positive work, switching stances and landing single shots before holding to neutralise his rival. By the end of the following session, the usually raucous Leeds crowd were noticeably subdued as they likely feared this may not be as glorious a night as when they saw their man conquer Lee Selby and Carl Frampton last

Warrington had moments of success in rounds four and five, but Galahad ultimately negotiated him well and continued to pick single shots throughout the middle of the fight. Getty 4 The fight was a scrappy affair with Galahad countering Warrington regularly However, there is certainly an argument that many of these rounds were close and could have gone either way.

While Galahad’s style appeared effective to a lot of observers at home, the scoring judges were seemingly less impressed as he held frequently and allowed his opponent to be the aggressor. Nevertheless, heading into the championship rounds Galahad appeared to have found a comfort zone, despite being warned for holding by the referee and naively opening up his defence as a result.

Before the tenth, Warrington’s father/trainer Sean O’Hagan was heard issuing him with a rallying cry: “Do you wanna keep that f***ing belt? Do you wanna go back to work?” Getty 4 Billy Joe Saunders was unhappy with the judges’ decision The IBF king, spurred on by these words, upped the tempo in the tenth and initially had increased success, but became reckless and was caught by single jabs and uppercuts from Galahad on the approach.

In the fight’s conclusion, Warrington gave it his all to try and get over the line on the front foot, while the challenger remained composed and continued his effective spoiling tactics. However these were not rewarded by the judges as the champion retained his title with split scores of 115-113 Galahad, 116-112 Warrington and 116-113 Warrington.

Getty 4 Warrington retained his IBF title Speaking in the immediate aftermath, Warrington insisted he deserved the victory and stated: “Don’t get me wrong, he was landing some clean shots, but you can’t come into the champion’s back yard and win on pop-shotting singles. “I’ve gotta give him his credit, there was a lot of holding there, but it’s a fight as well as a boxing match. “It’s one of the most tense I’ve been for a fight, I think it’s because of the pressure I put on myself.” Galahad did not give an interview after the decision was read out, a move seemingly designed to speak for itself. ” ” Real Madrid may have Eden Hazard and Barcelona Frenkie de Jong, but Real Sociedad’s signing of Zlatan heir Alexander Isak is the most exciting LaLiga transfer of the summer, and one with exponential potential. Everything you need to know about Alexander Isak’s special mentality can be seen in the way he celebrated scoring against Malta in Euro 2020 qualifying last week.

Getty Images 4 Isak in action for Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League in 2018 Most 19-year-olds would be overwhelmed by netting their first competitive goal for Sweden, barely 10 minutes after entering the field of play. Not Isak. As the ball struck the net he simply turned, swaggered away, and gestured nonchalantly at an imaginary watch on his wrist. “I was looking at how long it took me to score.

A bit cocky, but you have to back yourself,” the striker explained in the post-match mixed zone. Job done, minimal fuss, message sent. The hallmarks of a natural winner with the combination of confidence and talent required to go far at the highest level.

If that evokes memories of another lanky striker in a yellow shirt then you aren’t the first to make the comparison. Since breaking through as a 16-year-old at AIK three years ago, Isak has been bombarded with comparisons to Zlatan Ibrahimovic as excited Swedes, desperate for a new talisman, were quick to notice his imagination and eye for goal.

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I just want to be myself, do my best, and we’ll see where it leads,” he shrugged when asked about the parallels at the press conference presenting him as a new Real Sociedad player on Wednesday. Isak isn’t a Zlatan clone – who is? – but it is true that he possesses that rare, ever so profitable combination of ingenuity and a deep well of self belief.

He is the kind of forward who will happily run at a defender, try something, then if it doesn’t work, just dust himself off and try something again until it finally clicks. Getty Images 4 Isak has earned comparisons to Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic And like Ibrahimovic, after showing potential at an early age in the Swedish league, it is an exceptional spell in the Netherlands that confirmed his capacity to deliver in elite football.

In 18 matches on loan at Willem II last season Isak scored 14 goals and assisted seven more. The pick of the bunch was a winner against Dutch giants Feyenoord that started with the striker facing away from goal, then progressed through a mazy dribble that left two defenders on the ground before he then thumped a finish past the goalkeeper.

Not quite as many opponents were humiliated as Zlatan Ibrahimovic managed against NAC Breda for Ajax all those years ago, but nonetheless, the stunning piece of play only further fuelled excitement. ? We hope you score goals like these as a txuri urdin player @alex_isak! ?????#OngiEtorriIsak #RealSociedad — Real Sociedad (@RealSociedadEN) June 12, 2019 /**/ /**/ And while there are countless examples of young talent failing to make their potential crystallise due to bad moves, what is equally exciting about Isak is that he is clearly being well advised. That first became apparent when big clubs started chasing his signature from AIK two years ago, and inevitably, one of the sides throwing the most his way was Real Madrid.

The temptation was certainly there, but in the end rather than being drawn in by the bright lights of the Bernabeu and risk becoming yet another talent cast into development limbo, the youngster instead opted for the less glamorous option of Borussia Dortmund. Since moving to Germany his overall game as well as his physical conditioning have notably improved, and when first-team opportunities at the Bundesliga club failed to materialise, the Swede then took the profitable decision to go on loan to the Eredivisie.

From there he earned his transfer to Real Sociedad, a club with an excellent record of developing young players into world class talent. Getty Images 4 Isak will now look to impose himself on LaLiga In other words, to date all of Isak’s career choices have been sensible, and landing in the Anoeta while still a teen is an optimal situation to be in.

La Real are the club that made Antoine Griezmann the most exciting winger in LaLiga, earning him a move to Atletico Madrid and the international glory that has come since. The club that helped Inigo Martinez become one of the best Spanish defenders around, destined to be a starter for Spain for years to come, and most recently, the side that has made Mikel Oyarzabal one of the most sought after attacking talents in Spain, summer after summer.

At his presentation Isak spoke of the Real Sociedad “concept” drawing him in, of their faith in developing and giving playing time to young players. Further evidence that he is being guided with the steady hand necessary to make it at the top.

Getty Images 4 Isak seems more than prepared to deal with the pressure which may well be coming his way And for further evidence of his combination of confidence and exceptional talent, consider his first touch of the ball in Spanish football. That came on Monday, after coming off the bench against Spain at the Bernabeu. It was a nutmeg. On Sergio Ramos. “

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