Abdul-Bari Awad (who is better known as 🇶🇦🇬🇧Kid Galahad (27-1-0, 16KO)) is one of the best fighters in the sport that hasn’t been able to win a world title belt up to this point, but on Saturday, he will have the opportunity to upend, and change that narrative about himself, as he will face Liverpool’s 🇬🇧James “Jazza” Dickens (30-3-0, 11KO), for the vacant IBF World Featherweight title.
This will be a rematch for the two combatants, as they originally faced each other way back in 2013 in a proper dust up on the regional level for the British Super-Bantamweight Title. Galahad walked away with the belt after dispatching of Jazza via 10th round stoppage. Since that time, both fighters have improved, and put themselves in a position to get this shot for a world title.
Galahad’s first attempt at a title caused a stir of arguments in the boxing community, as he came up slightly short on the cards by a Split-Decision that went 🇬🇧Josh Warrington’s way. The fight felt even as they fought on an equal plane through 12 rounds, and naturally when a fight is that close, there is a contingent of fans that believe that Kid was the better man that night, and should already have the red IBF Featherweight title in his possession.
In a very good win (especially in retrospect), Dickens was able to defeat 🇬🇧Leigh Wood (who scored the big upset victory over 🇨🇳Xu Can) in a close bout that had Jazza’s hand raised, with a Majority Decision verdict. His first opportunity at a title came against the brilliant former Super-Bantamweight King 🇨🇺Guillermo Rigondeaux, who made easy work of Jazza, breaking his jaw and retiring him after the second round.
As for now, Dickens ranks as the second highest rated contender in the IBF rankings, while Galahad places firmly at the top of the contender list, and both have had aspirations of winning a title at the world level, and both will get their respective second opportunities to do so on Fight Camp in Brentwood. Catch this bout on DAZN as the card’s main event for Saturday night for week 2 of Fight Camp.