Clinical Galahad Stops Dickens In 11 Rounds
To Claim IBF Featherweight Crown
12 x 3 mins vacant IBF Featherweight World Title
KID GALAHAD WRTD11 v JAZZA DICKENS
(Sheffield, England) (Liverpool, England)
Kid Galahad's dream of becoming World Champion was finally
realised as he produced a stunning effort to defeat Jazza
Dickens and claim the IBF Featherweight crown at the top of
the bill on Matchroom Fight Camp Week 2 in Brentwood, Essex,
live worldwide on DAZN.
The Sheffield man (28-1, 17 KOs) had been denied the IBF
title in a split decision defeat to Josh Warrington in 2019,
but he captured the vacant belt after gradually breaking
down the stubborn resistance of Dickens, who was pulled out
by his corner before the final session started.
ďIíve been waiting 19 years for this and itís finally here,
Iíve finally got it Ė IBF Champion of the World,Ē Galahad
told DAZN. ďNot a little bit, the whole world. This doesnít
say regular champion, this says World Champion. People can
think what they want. I come to fight. Iím a full time
professional, I donít take no days off. Jazza Dickens will
become a World Champion 100%. Without a doubt, heíll become
a World Champion. Iím just over the moon.
ďThank you Eddie Hearn. If it werenít for Eddie Hearn I
wouldnít be in this position right now. Thank you to DAZN.
Iím just over the moon man. Brendan Ingle told me that Iím
going to win everything from Super-Bantamweight up to
Lightweight. Nobody believed me and everyone doubted me when
I said Iíd become Word Champion. Before I met Brendan, I
would have probably been locked up in jail. He was the only
person that gave me hope. If it wasnít for boxing, Eddie
Hearn, DAZN, Brendan Ingle, my mum Iíd probably be locked up
ďNaseem Hamed, I met him at the local mosque. I said to him,
ĎNaz, I want to be a World Champion like youí. He told me if
I wanted to become a World Champion I needed to go and find
Brendan Ingle at the St Thomasí Boxing Club. The rest is
history. I went and met Brendan and thatís it.
ďEvery single day two busses. 45 minutes. I used to get up
at 5.45 to get in for 6.45. Every single day from the age of
12-years-old. When I was 15 I moved out of my area. Brendan
told me Iíd end up locked up or dead if I stayed in that
area. I lived in a crappy house at the bottom of the road
with about five other boxers. There were rats and
everything. I used to have a mattress on the floor. I lived
there from the age of 15 until I was 20 and I got enough
money to get my own house.
ďMy mum is over there somewhere. Sheís over the moon. Weíve
come from nothing. Hopefully I make a few quid out of this
and get her a nice house, and get out of the area. Iím going
to dominate the division. I always told Eddie I was going to
dominate this division. I will make sure that I clean up
this division. Nobody is going to beat me. I just beat the
guy who beat Leigh Wood. This says IBF Champion of the whole
World. This is not a regular title.Ē
10 x 3 mins English Heavyweight Title
FABIO WARDLEY WTKO1 (2:30) v NICK WEBB
(Ipswich, England) (Surrey, England)
Fast-rising Ipswich prospect Fabio Wardley wasted no time as
he blasted out Nick Webb inside the opening round to retain
his English Heavyweight Title and improve his unblemished
record to 12-0 (11 KOs).
Surrey fighter Webb made a decent start to the fight,
catching Wardley with some punishing shots, but a brief
moment of carelessness allowed Wardley to make his impact.
The 26-year-old hurt Webb and once he realised that, he
unloaded a barrage of hurtful shots forcing the referee to
halt the fight.
ďIt was a big one for me because this was a good test,Ē
Wardley told Matchroom. ďHe was coming off a good win and we
had to just make a bit of an impact, make a bit of a
statement. Donít get me wrong, it wasnít the cleanest
performance but sometimes youíve just got to grit these ones
out and get it done. I proved the difference. I proved that
I can take a shot and keep moving like I proved against
Molina. You can hit me and Iíll still come back at you with
full force. He caught me a few times but it doesnít faze me,
I keep moving and Iíll move to take you out.
ďI wasnít going to let him off the hook. Thatís something
that weíve been building on, that killer instinct Ė to
notice and pay attention to when youíve got someone going. I
think in my last few fights Iíve been getting that going.
When I hit someone and I see that little chink in their
armour, Iím going in and Iím getting the kill.
ďI respect every fighter thatís ever stepped in the ring
because itís a dangerous sport and anything can happen. I
had to do what I did to get Nick in the ring in the first
place because Iíve been chasing Nick for a year. I had to
switch up my approach and go for the more aggressive stance
and call him out and call him a few names. Itís all for the
love of the sport at the end of the day. I respect everyone
that gets in there.
ďI think Iíve made the most out of every opportunity thatís
been put in front of me. Iíve never said no to an
opportunity that Ed has given me. Iím becoming increasingly
more difficult to match because me, Dill and the team, we
donít say no. If you want to meet me in the ring Iím happy
to go there, letís go. It feels like a dream, it feels like
a weird rollercoaster and Iím just running with it. Iím just
loving what Iím doing and Iím staying focused.
ďIíve won the English and Iíve defended it; I think thatís
me done with it now. Moving forwards for the British,
Commonwealth, European Ė those types of belts are what Iíve
got my eyes set on next and obviously Joe (Joyce) is holding
onto them. Heís going to be moving on, heís trying to move
to that world level and heís going to want to drop them
sooner or later. Iíll be there ready and waiting.Ē
8 x 3 mins International Heavyweight contest
ALEN BABIC WRTD5 v MARK BENNETT
(Zagreb, Croatia) (Dunsville, England)
Alen Babic's destructive form continued as he forced Mark
Bennett to retire after the fifth round.
'The Savage' had to endure a couple of rocky moments in the
early rounds but his relentlessness saw him get on top after
the second session. It was all one way traffic after that
and after enduring a torrid fifth stanza, Bennett's corner
did the right thing and pulled their man out.
ďI feel great,Ē Babic told DAZN. ďThank you for having me,
it was a very very tough fight. I didnít expect that Ė Iíve
got to say that. All kudos to him. Heís a very very tough
warrior, a legit warrior. I threw maybe 100 power punches at
his head, and I have knockout punches, so it was a very
tough and competitive fight. I thank him for that.
ďLeft, right and I was like, Ďfall, itís your time to fallí,
but he just didnít want to fall. He really caught me with a
few ones. He didnít catch me flush because I always bob and
weave but heís a very tough man and I respect him.
ďThis guy was 30kg heavier than me and you saw what
happened, he wasnít stronger in that ring. I can do
everything. Iím here to represent the little people who
canít do nothing. I am just little like them Ė the smallest
Heavyweight alive! You can do it if I can do it, Iím nothing
special. I just put my mind to it. If you put your mind to
it, thereís nothing you canít do.Ē
4 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
JOHNNY FISHER WTKO2 (1:08) v DANNY WHITAKER
(Romford, England) (Silsden, England)
Johnny Fisher was far too powerful for Danny Whitaker as he
progressed to 3-0 in front of his father who was watching on
A dominant second round saw 'The Romford Bull' drop Whitaker
twice before the fight was stopped before any more damage
could be done.
ďIt felt fantastic, especially in front of some of my
supporters here,Ē Fisher told Matchroom. ďIn the future
weíll get a lot more in. It was great to have that little
taste of what the future can hold. Respect to Danny
Whitaker, a great man and a great opponent. Iím ready for
the next step. I feel like I prepared better for this fight
than any of my previous fights Ė especially with Mark being
back. Iíve got a great assistant trainer in Steve Andrews.
Weíve got a long way to go but Iím in a good place.
ďMy mum and dad are here, and my brothers are here. Itís
brilliant. My little sister is at home. Weíre going to have
a nice Chinese now and celebrate. I think itís the
confidence that you can take from knowing that you have
prepared well. Lennox Lewis sent me a message before my
debut, Ďthe more I prepare, the less I worryí, and that was
testament to the work that weíve been doing in the gym.
ďIíve definitely calmed down from the second fight. I think
itís different when youíve got someone with a winning record
in there. Iíve got a long long way to go to calm myself down
and box on the back foot, but I know I can box on the back
foot because Iíve showed it before in sparring. Doing it in
the ring is another thing and thatís why we have a process.
Iím only 22-years-old and Iíve got to build. Youíve got to
stay humble and youíve got to stay ready.
"We all know in our area about Mark Tibbs and his dad and
how great they are. It's not just that he's my boxing
trainer, we're good friends and we get on really well. He
said to me once that it's like we've known each other
forever and it is. It's brilliant to be working with someone
who is such a legend in the sport. Boxing is a very brutal
sport and it can end at any time for anyone, especially at
Heavyweight. You've got to have respect for all of your
opponents. You've got to be ready for anything, and the best
way to be is to be honest."
8 x 2 mins International Bantamweight contest
EBANIE BRIDGES WTKO3 (1:22) v BEC CONNOLLY
(New South Wales, Australia) (Swindon, England)
Popular Australian Ebanie Bridges returned to winning ways
by stopping Bec Connolly in three rounds.
Bridges found a superb right hand to floor the Swindon
fighter and when a further attack followed once Connolly was
back on her feet, the referee made a sensible intervention.
ďTo be back here in the UK, and to win and get my hand
raised is amazing,Ē Bridges told DAZN. ďLas time I was
unlucky, although I still got a good reception. It was good
to get in here and get my hand raised for my fans. I had a
few people here supporting me so shout out to everyone that
came. I saw you there with your Aussie flags and I
appreciate you. It feels great.
ďWinning is what itís all about. Itís all good having the
fanbase and the social media presence but if youíre not
winning it can only go so far. Winning is important. It
feels good. She was more difficult in the sense she was
holding and a bit rough on the inside. That was new for me.
Iím not used to people holding.
ďI thought I would finish it in the later rounds. I knew I
would break her down. I was just aiming for her body for the
first few rounds because I wanted to break her body down so
I could open her up to the head, and thatís exactly what we
did. Thatís what our plan was.
ďBy the third round I already had her hands dropping from
going to the body and then thatís why that right hand was
landing. Thatís the one that stopped it. Obviously I want
the rematch with ĎShannyí. Thatís what everyone wants, not
just me. I know I want it, the fans want it, Iím pretty sure
Eddie Hearn wants it. The only one that doesnít want it is
ďHopefully she wants it, but then again sheís on her journey
and Iíve got to focus on mine. I donít hold my breath. The
ball is in her court, and if she doesnít take it, I suppose
it looks a bit like sheís running.
ďTo all my fans and everyone that supported me tonight Ė I
hope you enjoyed it. I love being back in the UK and I love
being on DAZN. Itís a great platform as well with Eddie
Hearn and Matchroom so a big thank you to them. This is just
8 x 3 mins International Super-Featherweight contest
AQIB FIAZ WPTS8 (77-76) v KEVIN BALDOSPINO
(Oldham, England) (Miranda de Ebro, Spain)
Oldham prospect Aqib Fiaz advanced his record to 7-0 as he
defeated Spain's Kevin Baldospino on points. The 21-year-old
was made to work hard and that was reflected in the 77-76
ďIím just glad to be back after such a long layoff,Ē Fiaz
told Matchroom. ďItís good to get back in there and get the
win. It wasnít my best performance, but I got the win most
importantly. It was emotional to get back in there,
especially here as well. It meant a lot to me. I had to come
in and do my job no matter what.
"It wasnít my best performance. Weíre going to go away and
look at the mistakes I made, then weíll definitely work on
them and be better next time. Even going into the last
round, I felt I did enough to win. It was probably the right
decision yeah. He was a tough man. I hurt him a couple of
times and he stuck in there and dug in. Credit to him.
"I expected to be better than that, and I definitely am
better than that. I need to be better than that. The fight
didnít go the way I wanted to. Itís about learning, and I
feel like thatís a good learning fight. Iím definitely
better than that, I just need activity. The more time Iím in
the ring, the better Iíll be.
"Iíve had a lot going on, and my team have had my back.
Theyíre like father figures to me. Theyíve been there for me
when Iíve been at my lowest. Iím here today because of them.
Ten months is probably the longest layoff that Iíve ever had
in my amateur career and pro. Itís good to be back, but
letís be back soon."