There was no love lost as Kid Galahad and Jazza Dickens strutted towards each other in yesterday’s weigh-in, ahead of tonight’s super bantamtweight British title fight, at Magna, Rotherham.
Both men sought some sort of pre-fight psychological advantage via goading and intimidation as they performed the traditional “head-to-head” pose after being weighed at Bramall Lane.
Security and officials ensured nothing out of hand happenened between the fighters and their two sets of fans.
Galahad’s trainer Dominic Ingle has already said he hopes there will be no trouble at Magna between supporters - and the obvious animosity between both sides means, sadly, this is a factor event security will have to plan against.
Hopefully, the aggression will be restricted to the ring, where Galahad is strong favourite to win the 12-rounder.
At any rate, Galahad will be keen to prove he has no “powder punch” - a bizarre accusation levelled at him by Dickens’ manager.
The weigh-in also threw up the spectacle of another Ingle fighter Muheeb Fazeldin trying to provoke his opponent, Leo D’Erlanger.
So it was refreshing to see a Bulgarian boxer offer his hand to Sheffield middleweight opponent Liam Cameron, which was accepted sportingly.
n Heavyweight Richard Towers’ Commonwealth title eliminator with Australian Lucas Browne will be staged at the Hull Arena on November 2. Twice, their clash has had to be postponed, so the Sheffield giant is delighted a third date has now been set. “I’ve been hanging in limbo” said Towers. “I was supposed to face Johann Duhaupas and that didn’t happen so I’m excited to get the fight with Lucas on again. I’ve sparred with Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye so how can I be rusty? These guys are the best in the world and if I was off the pace they wouldn’t have me in their camps. I’m always ready.”
The Sheffielder added: “Not wanting to slag Lucas off because he’s a good guy and I consider him a friend, but I think he’s getting carried away with the stars a little bit (15 KOs in 17 victories) because he’s banging all these guys out.”
Towers’ promoter Ricky Hatton believes the winner will be knocking on the door for major titles.
“The winner of this is going to be right there in the mix,” said Hatton. “It’s a great clash of styles. Richard likes to box on the back foot and pull away, Lucas likes to go forwards so I think it’ll be an exceptional fight.
“Lucas has been over and boxed over here a couple of time already and he’s got a bit of a UK following. This will help him add to that. I think he’s just on the verge of the top 15 in the world so it’s a big, big fight for him. It’ll tell us a lot more about him because this is the first 50/50 fight he’s been in.
“Lucas hasn’t got the fastest feet in the world, but when you can punch like he does, you only need that one chance.
“Richard boxed on the Velodrome show last year and he wasn’t his best so a few people have written him off, but that’s the last thing you can do. I think if anyone is going to beat Lucas, Richard has the style to do it. He’s got the height, the reach and the jab.”
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