News April 2019

Jazza Dickens ready to build another winning run


By @John_Evans79

James ‘Jazza’ Dickens returns to the ring at Aintree this Saturday night and can’t wait to show just how much he learned from last September’s exciting yet ultimately disappointing British super bantamweight title fight with Kid Galahad.

Maybe Dickens, 16-1 (5 KO’s), became a victim of his own success. His amateur success, southpaw style and reputation for hard work in the gym ensured that it became tough to match him unless a meaningful title was on the line. When he did face decent operators like Jon Fernandes and Dai Davies, they climbed through the ropes intent on survival. Dickens, 22, entered the fight with Galahad as a supremely talented fighter but without the benefit of a real test behind him and, after ten back and forth rounds, the strain of competing on even terms with an equally determined and ambitious opponent told on him.

“That fight’s behind me now. I suppose you’ve gotta move forward and let the past go but I’ve got to be grateful for what happened because otherwise I wouldn’t know so much right now,” the Liverpudlian told Livefight. “At the time it happened it wasn’t such a good feeling at all but I’ve had a lot of support from my family and friends and I’m really, really ready.

“I suppose I could go over and over and over it and tell you why this never happened or or that happened but all that I can say is that I’ve made a few changes to my camp and my team. I’ve changed my team around. I’m with Frank Warren, managed by Neil Marsh and I’ve also been doing a lot of strength and conditioning work too. I wouldn’t say it was an achievement – I lost – but to go that far [in his career] without any real strength and conditioning work……..

“I’ve just added an extra dimension to my game.”

It’s a well worn cliché but a fighter really can learn more from a defeat than a victory. In Dickens’ case, the major benefit seems to have been the realisation that his approach to strength and conditioning needed an overhaul. The long, early morning runs he is known for are now being supplemented by a structured programme.

“I’ve been doing weights with Martin Cullen for this camp. I think it’s been eight weeks that we’ve been doing the strength and conditioning now. At first I was struggling over ten reps. I’ve doubled now – over ten reps – what I started at. Obviously there’s been a lot of stuff that I’ve improved on. I went in there on my first day and did some stuff on a certain weight and we were just laughing at me. I was devastated!" the English super bantamweight champion said. “I was so happy though that there was so much room for improvement and I have improved a lot and it’s only the start really.”

Cullen will no doubt be pleased that an additional source of protein has also found its way into chicken keeper Dickens’ life. “I’ve had the chickens for a while,” Dickens laughs. “I’ve got a couple of new ducks so I’ve got duck eggs! I’ve gone from chicken eggs to duck eggs.”

It seems likely that Dickens will get plenty of opportunities to push his new found conditioning to the limit. During his lay-off he has been linked to a comeback fight with the tough Josh Wale and can expect to be in the mix for a crack at Gavin McDonnell’s newly won British title. Whoever is in the opposite corner, as long as they come to win, Dickens will be happy.

“A lot of fighters who are looking at breaking out in the British level and going far in the game will tell you the same thing,” he says. “You get a lot of fighters who are just in the sport to have a good time. They probably love that night they had against a journeyman. Beating a journeyman is nothing and they got to say they were a professional fighter for the night. If you want to get far in the game then when you fight good opponents, the best of you comes out.

“I’ve had a lot of time out since that fight through one thing and another and I had a nose operation. I’ve need a lot of patience and I have been patient for these last five months. Before that, I was one of the busiest pro’s for three years. It looks like we’re on our way again. Hopefully I’ll be back out soon after this one and be back on my winning streak. And plenty of them too.”

Jazza would like to thank J.T Marketing Solutions and Body Pump for their help during this training camp.

Jazza begins his comeback in a six rounder with Georgia’s decent George Gachechiladze on the massive bill at Aintree Racecourse in his home city on Saturday 8th March.

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