Boxing: Jazza wants to face the Kid, but is the feeling mutual?

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SCOUSE prospect James ‘Jazza’ Dickens is still hopeful that a clash with fellow rising star Kid Galahad can happen, but fears the Sheffield stylist will pull out of the challenge.

The 21-year-old gave up the chance of representing Team GB at last summer’s London Olympics in order to turn professional and has so far impressed in 13 outings.

And 2013 started well for the Merseyside southpaw when the British Boxing Board of Control nominated him to contest the vacant English super-bantamweight crown.

However, fellow nominee, Kid Galahad, the current WBC International super bantamweight title holder, isn’t as enthused on the proposal, recently telling The Star that he is not “fussed about the English title”.

Twenty two year old Galahad, real name Abdul Barry Awad, did stress he would fight whoever was put in front of him though, as he is hungry to get up the ladder to international titles.

“Kid Galahad (13-0) is a step up and a test and that’s what I want,” Dickens said.

“I hope he doesn’t pull out, but if he does the board will have to nominate someone else to fight me and I will still get a shot at the English title. I’m just over the moon that I am to get a title fight.

“I’m ready now and honestly not bothered who I have to fight” said the southpaw.

“I expect my manager Steve Wood and Hatton Promotions to put a winning bid so I box at home, but if Mick Hennessey (Galahad’s promoter) bids big for Channel 5 to show the fight then more people will see me win the title and therefore I’m easy about where it happens.”

Promoter Ricky Hatton thinks the Sheffielder can be beaten: “The super-bantamweight division is one of the most talked about in Britain with Quigg and Frampton, but both would be well advised to keep an eye on Jazza Dickens, who I think could be the dark horse of the group.

“I also think a fight against Kid Galahad will bring Jazza right to the forefront as it’s a fight I feel he most definitely wins.”