Kid Galahad defeats Jazza Dickens to claim vacant IBF world featherweight title

Kid Galahad
Galahad had previously beaten Dickens in 2013

Kid Galahad defeated Jazza Dickens with a stoppage at the end of the 11th round of an all-British contest to claim the vacant IBF world featherweight title.

The 31-year-old dominated the bout at the Matchroom Fight Camp in Essex on Saturday.

The fight was stopped with blood pouring from above the left eye of Dickens after a cut he suffered in the first round.

It is Galahad’s first world title win in his 29th bout as a professional.

Former champion Josh Warrington had given up the title in January after holding the belt since May 2018.

Dickens suffered a cut to his left eyelid early in the bout and later appeared to have suffered a broken nose.

Galahad’s only previous world title fight ended in a split-decision points defeat against Warrington in 2019.

“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “After 19 years’ hard work, I’ve finally got the title round my waist. It’s been a long time.

“I didn’t want to leave it to the referees or judges. Now I want to win a couple more titles and unify the division.

“If I fight Warrington, he’s not going 12 rounds.”

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, British heavyweight Dillian Whyte said: “Dickens is a brave man but I think they made him take too much punishment. His nose went, his eyes went, but his corner should have protected him better tonight.”

Pundit Steve Bunce added: “It’s been a terrific fight, so much better than we expected and competitive – even though we all had Galahad in front.

“That is one of the worst cuts I’ve ever seen. A cut like that could end a career.”

The pair had previously met in 2013 when Galahad beat Dickens with a 10th-round stoppage when they fought for the British title at super-bantamweight.

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