LIVERPOOL’S James ‘Jazza’ Dickens has been left flummoxed by Kid Galahad’s decision to turn down a fight with him.
The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) had ordered the pair to meet for the vacant English super-bantamweight title.
But Kid Galahad’s team took the decision to withdraw their fighter from yesterday’s scheduled purse bid.
“I can’t understand why he doesn’t want the fight,” Dickens said. “We’re both in a good position to give the public something to see.
“I’m sure he has his reasons because he’s a good fighter and I respect him. I don’t think it’s because he’s scared, I just think he must want it further down the line instead.
“This is the first time I’ve been let down when it comes to arranging a fight, but I’m sure Steve Wood, my manager, and Ricky Hatton, my promoter, will come up with another opportunity for me.
“I hope I’ll get to fight for the English title against another fighter who has as much desire as I do. Whoever it is, I respect them for taking it because now Kid Galahad has pulled out, they’ll probably have to come in at short notice.”
Despite an English title fight being his first chance of championship success as a professional, the Liverpudlian southpaw feels it won’t be long until he’s boxing for the British crown.
“I’m hoping that when I box for the English it can also be an eliminator for the British,” he said.
“It doesn’t look like Scott Quigg or Carl Frampton are going to fight each other for it, so I think it will become vacant and I see myself as being next in line for a shot.”
He added: “Now I’ve learned my trade I’m ready for titles. Other fighters seem to have had the limelight more, but I like it like that and now I can creep up and shock them.”