Kid Galahad vs James Dickens Preview Aug. 7th, 2021
The vacant IBF Featherweight Title is on the line in Brentwood, England this Saturday, Aug. 7th as Kid Galahad of Qatar takes on James Dickens of England. The 12-rounder can be seen live in most nations on DAZN. This is a rematch of their 2013 bout which saw Galahad win by 10th-round TKO for the vacant British Super Bantamweight title. Dickens last fought in December when he beat Ryan Walsh by 10-round unanimous decision to defend his WBO European Featherweight Title. Galahad stopped Claudio Marrero after eight rounds in February, 2020 in his last outing.
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Galahad vs Dickens Betting Odds
Here are the winner odds from online sportsbook BetOnline.ag (full review here).
The 31-year-old Galahad was born Abdul Barry Awad in Doha,Qatar and resides in Sheffield, England. He enters the ring with a record of 27-1 with 16 Kos with his only loss coming at the hands of Josh Warrington by split decision in 2019 for the IBF Featherweight Crown. He’s got decent power with a current knockout ratio of 57.1 per cent but isn’t known as a banger.
Back in May, 2015 Galahad was handed a two-year ban for failing a drug test but the suspension was later reduced to 18 months. Since turning pro he’s won several minor and regional titles such as the WBC International, British, European, and Commonwealth Super Bantamweight Titles as well as the IBF Youth Super Bantamweight Crown and the IBF Inter-Continental Featherweight Title.
His biggest wins have come against Dickens, Toka Khan Clary, Irving Berry, Jose Cayetano and Adeilson Dos Santos and Jason Booth. Galahad is just over 5-feet-6-inches tall and he owns a 67-inch reach. He turned pro back in 2009 and has boxed 171 rounds since. He’s gone the distance in three of his last four outings but stopped all six of his previous half dozen opponents.
The 30-year-old Dickens of Liverpool is a southpaw who enters the bout with a mark of of 30-3 with 11 Kos. His first defeat came at the hands of Galahad when he was stopped in the 10th round in 2013 and he was beaten by Guillermo Rigondeaux after two rounds in 2016 in a shot at the WBA Super Bantamweight title when he suffered a broken jaw.
He also lost his next fight 10 months later by 10-round technical decision to Thomas Patrick Ward. The fight went to the scorecards after Ward suffered a cut eye due to an accidental head butt. Dickens biggest wins have been against Jon Fernandes, Josh Wale, Martin Ward, Nathaniel May and Carlos Ramos. He also beat Leigh Wood by 10-round majority decision in 2020. Wood, of course, just stopped Can Xu in the last round a week ago to win the WBA Featherweight title.
Dickens made his pro debut in 2011 and has boxed 197 rounds since. He enjoyed a fine amateur career and as a pro has captured the English and British Super Bantamweight Titles as well as the IBF, and WBO European Featherweight Titles. He employs a quick and aggressive style but doesn’t possess much in the way of power with a current knockout ratio of 33.3 per cent. Unfortunately, there’s no height and reach information available for Dickens.
The first fight between these two eight years ago saw Galahad deducted a point in round nine for pulling Dickens’ head down and then he stopped him halfway through the next round. It was a close, exciting affair which was decided by Galahad’s power. However, Dickens has improved immensely over the last eight years which makes this battle more of a tossup. Still, Galahad hasn’t lost his power and I think he’ll win another give-and-take fight.
Galahad has already beaten Dickens so doesn’t really need to adjust for the rematch.
Play: Galahad -325 @ BetOnline.ag
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