Set to ‘dominate,’ Galahad stops Dickens for title

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Child Galahad picked aside James “Jazza” Dickens to power a stoppage on the finish of 11 rounds and win the IBF world featherweight title on Saturday.

Galahad outpunched and outthought his English rival to elevate his first world title within the backyard of the workplaces of promoter Matchroom in Essex, England.

Galahad (28-1, 17 KOs), 31, from Sheffield, additionally beat Dickens in a Tenth-round stoppage for the vacant British junior featherweight title in September 2013. Eight years on, and Galahad was nonetheless superior in a pointy show regardless of an 18-month layoff.

“I’ve been ready 19 years for this,” Galahad advised DAZN. “I will dominate this division.”

Each have been making an attempt to win a world title on the second try, and it was Galahad who succeeded in resounding vogue after he misplaced to English rival Josh Warrington by break up factors determination for the IBF world featherweight title in June 2019.

Galahad captured the identical IBF belt after Warrington relinquished the belt earlier this yr. Warrington was ringside to see Galahad’s crowning second, and can try to revive his profession in opposition to Mexico’s Mauricio Lara, who he suffered a shock ninth spherical stoppage loss to in February.

Dickens (30-4, 11 KOs), 33, from Liverpool, began aggressively and landed a good proper hook within the third spherical, however Galahad steadily started touchdown extra.

Dickens, who suffered minimize above his left eye within the first spherical from a conflict of heads, couldn’t impose himself on Galahad within the early rounds and within the fifth spherical Galahad landed extra correct punches to extend his management of the struggle.

Galahad — whose actual title Abdul-Bari Awad – was actually spectacular within the eighth spherical as he continued to dismantle Dickens with correct punches.

Dickens, who suffered a damaged jaw in a two-round loss to US-based Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux for the WBA junior featherweight title 5 years in the past, bravely battled on however by the eighth or ninth rounds his face was wanting badly busted up. Galahad’s white shorts have been smeared with Dickens’ blood by the later rounds as his quantity of punches took its toll on the Liverpool boxer, who completed the struggle along with his left eye swollen shut.

Galahad was docked some extent for a low blow within the tenth, nevertheless it was by no means going to affect the result of the struggle. Galahad landed 151 to Dickens’ 74 energy punches, in line with DAZN.

Galahad’s triumph is the newest growth within the featherweight division, which has been turned on its head this yr after Warrington was overwhelmed and China’s Xu Can, the WBC champion, was knocked out within the final spherical by England’s Leigh Wooden in an enormous upset final weekend.

“I’ve simply beat the man [Dickens] who beat Leigh Wooden,” Galahad stated.

Galahad was found by his coach Dominic Ingle’s father Brendan, the revered coach initially from Eire who died in 2018. Galahad is the fifth protégé of Brendan Ingle to win a world title following the success of Johnny Nelson (cruiserweight), Naseem Hamed (featherweight), Junior Witter (tremendous light-weight) and Kell Brook (welterweight).

“Brendan stated I’d be world champion at a number of weights,” Galahad stated. “If I did not meet Brendan, I’d most likely be locked up in jail.”

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