Former world champion Hatton has predicted the rematch between Galahad and Dickens can go ‘either way’ at Fight Camp, but expects others to ‘favour’ Galahad because of his initial British title victory
Ricky Hatton has predicted a ’50-50′ rematch between Kid Galahad and Jazza Dickens at the second week of Matchroom Boxing’s Fight Camp.
Galahad will aim to continue his superb record with just one defeat on his record, as he looks to become world champion for the first time, but must tussle against a warrior in Dickens, who himself has been British and European champion in the featherweight division.
Domestic rival of the pair Leigh Wood won his first world title on the opening week of Fight Camp, which has presented a neatly-timed opportunity for two of the belts to be held on home soil and set up some top domestic dust-ups.
But for now this could be a real barnstormer to headline the second week, and legendary former competitor Hatton has predicted a ‘tough’ contest for both featherweights and believes it could ‘go either way’.
“It is real 50-50 – I think people will favour Kid Galahad because of the first win but when we look deeper into it, there wasn’t much in it,” Hatton wrote on his column for Metro.
“Jazza is on a good winning run. He has a loss to a loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux who is obviously world class and Thomas Patrick Ward who is unbeaten so there is no shame in that.
“He’s on a good run, his confidence will be up and he will be keen for revenge. People might favour Kid Galahad but for me it can go either way.
“They have fought once before, with Galahad stopping him in 10 in their first meeting to win the British title. But it was a competitive fight, there wasn’t much in it until the stoppage came.
“I think the main problem was that down the home straight, Jazza just gassed a little bit and Kid Galahad was able to put his foot down a little bit and get the finish.
“But it is anyone’s fight this, Jazza will want to put the record straight, it was very competitive last time but he’s more experienced now and if he avoids running out of steam this time around, he has every chance.
Galahad has promised to have a much changed performance than his last display against Dickens to wrestle control of the fight early on, while his opponent has revealed the advice he gave Conor Benn after his Covid-19 cancellation ahead of his contest.
A potential opponent for the pair could be a match-up against Josh Warrington if he prevails in his rematch against Mauricio Lara, and Hatton believes the Leeds native could have faced ‘knives out’ if he opted out of a repeat of a clash between the pair on familiar soil.
“To be honest, Josh had to come back with the rematch. Had he not, people would say: ‘Oh he’s s**t himself’,” Hatton continued.
Or he’s chosen to avoid him and go in the opposite direction. Josh wants to put the record straight.
“It is a dangerous fight. Fair play to Josh, that is why we love him. He knew he had to take this rematch.
“Had he tried to bypass Lara and go somewhere else, the knives would have been out. But he’s done what a true champion does and gone straight in for the rematch.”