'Jazza' Rematches Galahad
For IBF Featherweight Crown
Jazza Dickens believes that Kid Galahad's inactivity will be
a major factor in their all-British showdown for the vacant
IBF Featherweight World Title this Saturday August 7 at the
top of the bill at Matchroom HQ in Brentwood, Essex, live
worldwide on DAZN.
Galahad (27-1, 16 KOs) hasn't fought since retiring Claudio
Marrero in eight rounds at the Sheffield Arena back in
February 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK Ė
whilst Dickens' last outing came in a winning effort against
Ryan Walsh in the MTK Global Golden Contract Featherweight
final in December 2020.
Liverpool's Dickens (30-3, 11 KOs) suffered the first loss
of his professional career at the hands of Galahad down at
Super-Bantamweight in a challenge for the British Title in
Despite Galahad winning the fight by a tenth-round stoppage,
and holding what many could say is a psychological
advantage, Dickens says their first encounter will have no
bearing on what happens in their Fight Camp 2 headliner this
ďIt has been eight years since we had the first fight," said
Dickens. "I always knew this fight would come again. I told
Barry this fight would come again. Iíve been waiting a long
time. Iíve had losses along the way, Iíve had to build
myself back up. Thereís nothing harder than building
yourself back up after a loss. Iíve done it three times and
thatís why Iím in this position.
ďI do remember at the time it was tough losing. It was tough
on my ego Ė thatís what it was. It was a humbling
experience. It was a tough time for me personally to face
Liverpool. That shame of losing. It was hard. It was either
pack it in or carry on and win a World Title and get my
revenge. Thatís where Iím at now. I believe that Iíve had a
tougher road since then. I know Iím the better fighter now.
"I worked hard to be here. You canít take all of the credit
yourself though. Iím very lucky to be here. Iím lucky to
have this opportunity and Iím lucky to have a great team
around me Ė MTK, Tony Bellew, Eddie Hearn and DAZN. This
fight has got a lot of meaning to me, so to be topping the
bill in a venue like this on a massive platform is special.
This opportunity is a blessing and Iím going to take it with
Dickens' loss to Galahad was later followed by consecutive
defeats against Guillermo Rigondeaux and Thomas Ward, but
the Tony Bellew-managed Scouser has since won eight fights
in a row and has been in superb form over the past 18
months, with his victories over Walsh, newly-crowned WBA
Champion Leigh Wood and Carlos Ramos seeing him win the
Golden Contract tournament.
'Jazza' has the chance to fulfil a childhood dream when he
meets Galahad for Josh Warrington's vacated IBF crown in the
'Matchroom Square Garden' Ė and the 30-year-old southpaw
says he will do whatever it takes to write his name into the
history books and become his city's latest World Champion.
ďYou only get so many losses in professional boxing. I know
what itís like on the back of a loss. Nobody wants to know.
Nobody cares. Iíve had three of them. I canít afford another
one. I have to win. I will win by any means necessary. I
would have expected him to have grown in the same way that I
have since our first fight. From our technical standpoint
there will still be flaws in both fighters. There are flaws
in every fighter that you can capitalize on.
ďHe can say itís going to go this way or that way, but weíll
see how it goes on the night. He doesnít care how ugly it
looks. If thatís how he wants to fight weíll fight like
that, but I like the old-fashioned way. The way that boxing
was created Ė two men standing and fighting. I donít think
this fight needs any needle. Weíre two good fighters and we
can sell the fight because we know how to fight.
ďHe hasnít fought for a year or something like that. I think
the longest Iíve ever been out for is about six months. That
was a tough time because I had a broken jaw. It was
depressing not being able to fight. Thatís how I see things.
I donít know about him. Anything I have to do to win Iíll do
it. I have to find a way. I have to be myself first and
foremost, and I have to find a way to win.
ďBarry is quite a humble guy deep down. He was trying to be
Prince Naseem a few years ago but heís showed a humble side
since heís had a loss. Barry is a nice guy deep down; I know
he is. Heís not stupid, he knows that he shouldnít judge
this fight by the last one. Likewise, Iím sure heís a lot
better than he was then. He has to be Ė heís fought for a
World Title since. Itís his first loss, and now he realises
heís not invincible. Heís had a warm-up win and thatís it.
Heís inactive. I wouldnít like to be in his position
Galahad vs. Dickens tops a huge night of action, Ipswich
knockout artist Fabio Wardley (11-0, 10 KOs) defends his
English Heavyweight Title against Nick Webb (17-2, 13 KOs),
ĎThe Savageí Alen Babic (7-0, 7 KOs) looks to extend his KO
streak against Mark Bennett (7-1, 1 KO), popular Australian
Ebanie Bridges (5-1, 2 KOs) returns to the UK to face Bec
Connolly (3-9) over eight rounds, Romford Heavyweight Johnny
Fisher (2-0, 2 KOs) goes for another knockout against Danny
Whitaker (4-3) and Oldham prospect Aqib Fiaz (6-0) takes on
Kevin Baldospino (9-5-2, 1 KO) over eight rounds.