Kid Galahad v James Dickens
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Rivals will steal the show
Another instalment of the summer boxing treat Matchroom Fight Camp brings followers a star-studded card from Brentwood, Essex, on Saturday. Top of the bill pairs Kid Galahad and James Dickens for the vacant IBF world featherweight title, and this promises to be one for the purists.
After the pain of losing the Conor Benn fight at this venue last week, fans are looking forward to a competitive card. With the bill including Fabio Wardley v Nick Webb for the English heavyweight title as well as Alen Babic, Ebanie Bridges and Ellie Scotney, there's plenty to get excited about.
Galahad aiming to make up for near miss
Galahad came agonisingly close to winning this belt in 2019 when beaten on a split decision by Josh Warrington. The verdict of that contest in Leeds was a controversial one, and, looking back, it may have given us a few clues on what lay ahead for the Leeds Warrior. The scorecards after 12 close rounds read 113-116, 115-113, 112-116. Many followers were adamant the judges got it wrong.
Since losing his title shot, Kid has pushed for a rematch that hasn't been forthcoming and now looks dead and buried following Josh's recent loss of his title. The 31-year-old from Sheffield kept active with a stoppage win over Claudio Marrero of the Dominican Republic in February. He got rid of his opponent in the eighth round to end a typically assured performance that showcased his skills and punch power. Galahad will feel ready for this bout.
The current betting available on the Betfair Exchange has Galahad priced as the favourite with odds of 1.384/11 available to backers. That's sure to catch the attention of supporters, but those hoping for higher odds will be dragged into the method of victory market. A second KO/TKO win on the bounce is 2.8415/8 with the points verdict judged to be a 2.747/4 alternative.
Jazza arrives on a stunning run of form
Dickens heads into this contest as the form fighter of the two, taking confidence from a winning run that covers eight fights and began more than three years ago. His last loss came against Thomas Ward in Leeds for the British super-bantamweight title when he was taken out inside nine rounds. That painful defeat encouraged him to move up a weight where he has enjoyed more success.
His first four comeback bouts saw Dickens score stoppage wins over lesser fighters, but he was able to carry his winning ways with him when returning to championship standard. Jazza beat Nathaniel May in Liverpool over ten rounds for the IBF European title and has won each of his last four on the scorecards. That included a unanimous decision over Ryan Walsh last time out. The standout result in that run was a majority decision over world title challenger Leigh Wood who fought Can Xu on the Matchroom Fight Camp last week.
Jazza may enter as the slight underdog, but he has been fantastic of late and will believe he is good enough to win the title and continue his form. The pre-bout betting available on the Exchange has Dickens at 3.8514/5 for the win, or you can support a fifth points verdict on the bounce at a cracking 4.1. That quote certainly won't go unnoticed and will be more popular than the KO/TKO at 1413/1.
Exciting fight awaits
With both men entering the ring believing they are good enough to win this fight, it should make for an exciting contest. Galahad has a point to prove to boxing after feeling he was robbed in that narrow loss to Warrington, while Jazza has the wind in his sails and won't want his winning run to end against a British rival.
There is very little between the pair on paper, but I feel Galahad's awkward style will give him the edge over Jazza's fitness and work rate. Kid is the naturally bigger, stronger, and more technically gifted fighter. Back him to score a points win.