Stevenson insists Jazza is fully focused on Galahad challenge

Trainer Paul Stevenson insists Liverpool's  James 'Jazza' Dickens (16-0) will keep a cool head when he faces Sheffield's Kid Galahad (14-0) for the British super bantamweight title this Saturday, live on Channel 5.

The unbeaten super-bantamweights clash at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, and according to Stevenson, Galahad has tried to gain the psychological upper hand by using social media sites to question Jazza's credentials. Stevenson believes this tactic will backfire:

"Jazza's not a bit concerned about anything Kid Galahad says, he's just 100 per cent focused, but I'm sure when the fight comes he'd like Kid Galahad to eat his words.

"Galahad tries to model himself on Naseem Hamed so some trash talk is to be expected. He hasn't made the most classy comments, but they haven't got to us.

"I think Twitter wars are kid's stuff and Jazza hasn't bitten. For Kid Galahad to type the sort of stuff he has, I think it shows a bit of fear and that he's a bit rattled.

"Could you imagine Jack Dempsey messaging Jess Willard saying 'This is what I'm going to do you', or Joe Louis slagging off Rocky Marciano on Twitter? It's absolutely laughable."

Due to his previous terrestrial TV appearances, Sheffield's Galahad will certainly be the better known boxer to casual fight fans, but Stevenson believes this bout could help make Jazza Dickens a household name.

"This is a fight that will highlight Jazza against an opponent that some people expect to beat him. It's an opportunity for him to shine on live TV, make his name and make his own way for the future.

"Jazza's focused on beating Kid Galahad because he wants to be British champion, but also because he knows it can help him advance to better things.

"He's got such a good pedigree coming through from the amateurs and he's an exceptional pro fighter so he knows he can reach the very top.

"Galahad's said he's levels above Jazza. I actually think it's the other way around. I believe Jazza's ahead of him and he'll prove it on Saturday."

With the main fights live on Channel 5, the eleven fight card kicks off from 5.30 at the Magna Centre Rotherham and features heavyweight Hughie Fury (8-0) v former British cruiserweight champion  Shane 'Mr Block' McPhilbin (8-7-1) plus appearances from rising star Chris Eubank Jnr (10-0), Sheffield middleweight Liam 'Cannonball' Cameron (14-2), unbeaten lightweight Sam 'The Sensation' O'maison (6-0) and the also unbeaten Doncaster flyweight Jason Cunningham (8-0).


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