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  '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 September 2013.

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 weekend.

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 both hands."

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 fighting me."

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.



 

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