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  Clinical Galahad Stops Dickens In 11 Rounds
To Claim IBF Featherweight Crown

12 x 3 mins vacant IBF Featherweight World Title
(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 or dead.

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
(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
(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
(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 from ringside.

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
(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 her.

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 the comeback.Ē

8 x 3 mins International Super-Featherweight contest
(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 scorecard.

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."


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