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Jazza Dickens vs Martin Ward On July 27

James ‘Jazza’ Dickens says he will stop Martin Ward when they rematch for the vacant British Super Bantamweight Title on July 27, live on Freesports (Freeview 95, Freesat 252, Sky 422, BT 95, Talk Talk 95).

As the former champion, Dickens defended the belt against Ward, 26-4-1 (5), in 2015, beating the County Durham fighter on a split-decision, in a bloody battle that saw Martin suffer cuts from head clashes.

Less than two years later and Jazza lost his British Title to Martin’s younger brother, Tommy, after an accidental head clash saw their fight stopped and the Northeast man winning a technical decision.


Now, with Tommy, 23-0 (3), having vacated the Lonsdale Belt to concentrate on securing a world title shot, Jazza and Martin go head-to-head again at the Rainton Meadows Arena – with Tommy also co-headlining in an IBF European Super Bantamweight Title against Spain’s Alvaro Rodriguez, 8-1-1 (1).

Ahead of the British Title encounter, with Ward’s camp already urging the referee to be vigilant about head clashes, Liverpool’s Dickens says he won’t be leaving anything to chance and will finish the contest early.

“He’s a good fighter; I really rate him,” said Dickens, 23-3 (8). “He’s got a good work rate and I expect a tough night, the same as last time. He’s fought for the European Title since, and we’ve both fought for world titles. I’m looking to win the British Title back, so it’s going to be competitive. Neither of us can afford to lose.

“It was a close fight last time, but it was in his back garden. You get close fights away from home, don’t you? I won the fight though, and I felt comfortable in there. I was happy with my performance last time and I’m looking forward to going one further this time.

“In fights, I’ve had four head clashes. Two times I’ve cut, and two times against the Ward brothers they’ve cut. So, it’s just a coincidence. When I fought Tommy, he was complaining to the referee, and the referee was on my case. Tommy was flying in with his face and got cut, then he started complaining to the referee. If the ref thought it was a foul, he’d have disqualified me, but he never.

“That’s the way they are, if they want to complain – why don’t they get their hands up, and stop running in with their faces? The way I see it, if someone runs at me face-first, then I’ll protect myself and turn away. They should be pointing the finger at themselves because it’s no coincidence they have the same style and both keep getting cut.

“I couldn’t care less about fighting away from home. All I care about is bringing the British Title back home. Training is going perfect. I’m going to stop him, that’s how I see the fight going. This time around I’m going to stop him; I’ve trained too hard not to. I’m not going to leave it in the judge’s hands.”

Dennis Hobson Promotions, in association with Phil Jeffries and Dave Garside and sponsored by Steve Crump, presents Martin Ward and James Dickens contesting the vacant British Super Bantamweight Title, and Thomas Ward fighting Alvaro Rodrigues for the IBF European Super Bantamweight Title, at the Rainton Meadows Arena on July 27.

The show will be broadcast live on Freesports

For ticket information contact 07747 611 020.

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Dave Garside says James Jazza Dickens needs to fight with a boxing glove on his head, ahead of the Liverpudlian’s rematch with Martin Ward at the Rainton Meadows Arena on July 27.

County Durham’s Ward faces Dickens, 23-3 (8), for the British Super Bantamweight Title live on Freesports (Freeview 95, Freesat 252, Sky 422, BT 95, Talk Talk 95), and the war of words between the southpaws’ camps is heating up ahead of the highly-anticipated clash.

Martin, 26-4-1 (5), and Jazza originally squared off in 2015 for the same title, with Dickens edging a close encounter via a split decision verdict. That contest was a bloody affair, with Martin having to veer from his game plan after suffering serious lacerations from head clashes.

Cuts aren’t a new thing for Ward, either. The West Rainton man also saw his 2014 IBF World Bantamweight Title challenge to Darlington’s Stuart Hall called off after just two rounds when another head clash ended his title hopes.

A former Commonwealth champion, Martin has fallen short previously to Lee Haskins for the British Bantamweight Title in 2013, and was recently stopped in two rounds by Abigail Medina in an EBU European Super Bantamweight Title challenge.

Sharing top billing on the card will be Martin’s brother Tommy, 23-0 (3), who took the British belt off Dickens in May 2017, before recently vacating. The 24-year-old is now concentrating on the world stage and, originally slated to fight Ionut Baluta, now fights for the vacant IBF European Super Bantamweight Title against Spain’s Alvaro Rodriguez, 8-1-1 (1).

Former heavyweight contender Garside, who manages the Ward brothers, believes there will be no slip-ups and is eyeing a win-double for both men on July 27.

“Martin’s first fight with Jazza could have gone either way,” said Garside, who fought for the British Heavyweight Title in 1987. “Martin was cut and had to box totally different to how he normally boxes. It was also Martin’s first fight at super bantamweight, he’s a lot stronger now, and I suspect you’ll see a different Martin Ward in there. He will have learnt from that first fight and I’m very confident. I have a lot of faith in Martin.

“Jazza is a good fighter but if you look at the last few people he’s boxed, they’ve all ended up with multiple stitches and that’s through use of the head. I just hope the ref is going to look after the fighters properly. He’s a nice kid is Jazza Dickens, but he needs to have a boxing glove on his head! We have to take the rough with the smooth, but I am confident that Martin will win this time.

“When you look at Tommy Ward against Jazza, Tommy never lost a round. People said Jazza was coming back, but all Jazza did was butt him in the face and cut his head. Jazza was completely out boxed for the first seven rounds; it was very one-sided. Tommy has his man-strength now, he’s not a boy any more, and he’s sitting down on his shots a lot more. He’s a beautiful boxer. I’m not really concerned about his opponent on the 27th; I have every faith in Tommy.”

Dennis Hobson Promotions, in association with Phil Jeffries and Dave Garside and sponsored by Steve Crump, presents Martin Ward and James Dickens contesting the vacant British Super Bantamweight Title, and Thomas Ward fighting Alvaro Rodrigues for the IBF European Super Bantamweight Title, at the Rainton Meadows Arena on July 27.

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West Rainton’s Martin Ward, 26-4-1 (5), gets the chance to avenge his 2015 defeat to James Jazza Dickens on July 27, when the pair clash at the Rainton Meadows Arena for the vacant British Super Bantamweight Title, live on Freesports (Freeview 95, Freesat 252, Sky 422, BT 95, Talk Talk 95).

The belt was being held by Martin’s brother Tommy, 23-0 (3) – who took the title off Dickens in May 2017 – but he has now vacated to concentrate on securing a world title opportunity, and will face Spanish-based Romanian Ionut Baluta for the IBF European Super Bantamweight Title on the same show.

In his previous reign as champion, Liverpool’s Dickens, 23-3 (8), won a bloody and contentious split-decision verdict over Martin at the Rainton Meadows venue, but Northeast’s ‘Mr Boxing’, Phil Jeffries, believes the outcome will be different this time.

“We’re moving Tommy on,” stated Jeffries, who is working on the upcoming show in association with Dennis Hobson. “Tommy’s not been getting any dates off Frank Warren, so we’re putting this show on ourselves, with Dennis [Hobson].

“To me, Tommy facing Jazza again was a pointless fight, he’s already beaten him once. Tommy is already high in the world ratings, so we want to move him on, and it’s looking good for him if he wins this next fight.

“Martin’s fight with ‘Jazza’ will be exciting. I thought Jazza just beat him last time, but it was dirty fight; Martin was cut to bits, just like Tommy was cut to bits in his fight with Jazza. Martin will have learned from that first fight though, and I think he will beat him this time.

“This will be a good show, we’ll have a lot of good prospects on the undercard, and it’s really good to be working with Dennis again.”

Promoter Dennis Hobson, who has worked with numerous former world champions including Ricky Hatton, Clinton Woods, Jamie McDonnell and Stuart Hall, said: “Martin Ward against Jazza is a cracker. Jazza is a smashing lad, he’s working with MTK Global, who I get on very well with and hopefully we’ll do more match-ups in the future together.

“Jazza has been after the fight with Tommy Ward, but Tommy is now looking to get on the world stage. I spoke up for Tommy at the recent IBF convention; he’s had some issues which I believe are now sorted with Frank Warren. So, he’s moved on and asked if I’d help. I get on really well with his team; Phil Jeffries, Dave Garside, and Neil Fannan. They’re a pleasure to work with and I’m pleased to help.

“If I get help Tommy get on the world scene then I’ll do that. I got Martin Ward a world title shot from nowhere against Stuart Hall, and the great thing about Tommy is he’s very talented and we just don’t know how far he can go.

“So, it’s all worked out well for everybody. Jazza is getting a shot back at his British Title, Martin’s getting another chance at the belt, and Thomas is moving onto the world scene by fighting for an IBF European Title; which will get him further up the rankings and hopefully into contention for a world title. That’s the plan.

“Jazza is a smashing lad, I like him a lot, but obviously I’ll be in the other corner on the night. Martin has fallen short a couple of times in title fights, but he’s matured and hopefully learned from those defeats. I’ve been involved with fighters who’ve lost fights but improved, and hopefully Martin will show that too. If he can win the British Title, then it’s a big platform for him to get a second wind in his career. Jazza is bang up for this though, you can tell from his social media. He’s selling a lot of tickets and the atmosphere will be electric on the night. When we do the press conference and weigh in, that should be lively too.

“So, this will be a great show for the fans, and it’s live on Freesports too. Every show we’ve done for Freesports has been successful, and all the fights have been brilliant entertainment. I’m convinced this show, and the two headline fights featuring the Ward brothers, will also be another cracker.”

Dennis Hobson, in association with Phil Jeffries and Dave Garside and sponsored by Steve Crump, present Martin Ward and James Dickens contesting the vacant British Super Bantamweight Title, and Thomas Ward fighting Ionut Baluta for the IBF European Super Bantamweight Title, at the Rainton Meadows Arena on July 27.