Jazza Dickens believes Kid Galahad’s inactivity was a major factor in their all-British showdown for the vacant IBF Featherweight Title on Saturday, Jan.
Galahad (27-1, 16 KOs) hasn’t fought since Claudio Marrero retired eight rounds at Sheffield Arena in February 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK – during Dickens’ last appearance against Ryan. Walsh was successful 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 against Galahad in super bantamweight in the battle for the British title in September 2013.
Though Galahad won the fight by taking a break in the tenth round and held what many might call a psychological advantage, Dickens says their first encounter will have no bearing on what happens at their Fight Camp 2 headliner that weekend .
“It’s been eight years since we had the first fight,” said Dickens. “I always knew this fight would come again. I told Barry that this fight would come again. I have waited a long time. I had losses along the way, I had to rebuild. There is nothing more difficult than rebuilding yourself after a loss. I’ve done it three times and that’s why I’m in this position.
“I remember it was hard to lose back then. It was tough on my ego – that was it. It was a humbling experience. It was a difficult time for me personally to face Liverpool. To lose this shame. It was hard. It was either wrap up or go ahead and win a world title and take revenge on me. I am there now. I think I’ve had a tougher road since then. I know I’m the better fighter now.
“I’ve worked hard to be here. However, you can’t do any credit. I am very happy to be here. I am fortunate to have this opportunity and I am fortunate to have a great team around me – MTK, Tony Bellew, Eddie Hearn and DAZN. This fight has a huge meaning to me so being ahead of the game in a place like this on a huge platform is special. This opportunity is a blessing and me will take it with both hands. “
Dickens’ loss to Galahad was later followed by consecutive losses to Guillermo Rigondeaux and Thomas Ward, but the Tony Bellew-led Scouser has won eight straight bouts since then and has been in the past 18 months with his victories over Walsh. in great shape, newly crowned WBA champions Leigh Wood and Carlos Ramos watching him win the Golden Contract tournament.
‘Jazza’ has the chance to fulfill a childhood dream when he meets Galahad for Josh Warrington’s vacant IBF crown at ‘Matchroom Square Garden’ – and the 30-year-old southpaw says he will do whatever it takes to get his name in History books and becomes the newest world champion in his city.
“There are only so many losses in professional boxing. I know what it’s like to be at a loss. Nobody wants to know. Nobody cares. I’ve had three of them. I can’t afford another. I have to win. I will win by any means necessary. I would have expected it to have grown as much as it did since our first fight. From a technical point of view, there will still be shortcomings in both fighters. There are flaws in every fighter that you can capitalize on.
“He can say it will go one way or the other, but we’ll see how it goes during the night. He doesn’t care how ugly it looks. If he wants to fight like that, we’ll fight like that, but I like the old fashioned way. The way boxing was created – two men standing and fighting. I think this fight doesn’t need a needle. We’re two good fighters and we can sell the fight because we know how to fight.
“He hasn’t fought in a year or anything. I think the longest time I’ve ever been was about six months. That was a tough time because I had a broken jaw. It was depressing not being able to fight. That’s how I see things. I do not know him. Anything I have to do to win, I’ll do. I have to find a way First and foremost, I have to be myself and find a way to win.
“Barry is basically a pretty humble guy. He tried to be Prince Naseem a few years ago, but he’s been humble since his defeat. Barry is basically a nice guy; I know it is him. He’s not stupid, he knows that he shouldn’t judge this fight by the last. I am also sure that he is much better than he was then. He has to be – since then he’s been fighting for a world title. It’s his first loss, and now he realizes he’s not invincible. He took a warm-up win and that’s it. He is inactive. I don’t want to fight against myself in his position. ”