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Kid Galahad puts in dominant display to be crowned new world champion




Kid Galahad puts in dominant display to be crowned new world champion

Kid Galahad put on a dominant display in the rematch against James ‘Jazza’ Dickens on week two of Matchroom’s Fight Camp to become the new IBF Featherweight champion.

This is the 31-year old’s first ever world title win in only his 29th professional fight as he stopped his opponent at the end of round eleven and re-write the heartbreak, on the same title he missed out on two years ago against former champion Josh Warrington.

It was a contest that was almost eight years in the making with much of the talk on how Galahad looked during the weigh-in and the fact he faced being 18 months out of the ring with his last fight being in February of last year.

It was really a one-sided contest as his jab and combinations set him above his Liverpudlian counterpart for much of the fight providing no response to Galahad and suffered an unfortunate cut from a clash of heads from round three.

Despite the brave efforts from Dickens to stay in the fight in which he showed a few glimpses of his quality by trying to catch out his opponent with an over right-hand in the earlier rounds, it wasn’t meant to be for the fighter. He fell behind on points during the fight and was eventually deemed unfit to continue the contest in round 11, with the fighters cut eye heavily impacting his performance.

Whilst Dickens was left distraught in his corner, Galahad on the other hand showing joy at his victory while remaining respectful after the fight and congratulating the opposing corner for their efforts.

Galahad now joins the likes of fellow Brit and WBA (Regular) title holder Leigh Wood and WBA (Super) champion Leo Santa Cruz as well as WBC and WBO champions Gary Russell Jr and Emanuel Navarrete in the list of current featherweight champions. With ambitions of collecting belts in the division, it won’t be long before the Sheffield fighter can land the big-name fights.

Elsewhere on week two of the Matchroom Fight Camp, Fabio Wardley who is managed by WBC interim Heavyweight title holder Dillian Whyte, knocked out Nick Webb in round one to become the English Heavyweight champion whilst Croatian heavyweight Alen Babic who is also managed by Whyte, also won in a competitive slugfest against fellow heavyweight Mark Bennett in round five and Australia’s Ebanie Bridges bounced back from her title defeat in April to get a stoppage win over Bec Connolly in round three.


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