James "Jazza" Dickens’ love of boxing is as strong as ever despite him falling short at British title level in September.
The stylist southpaw from Liverpool returns to action on December 14 when he defends his English super-bantamweight crown against Barnsley’s tough Josh Wale and he’s counting down the days.
Dickens was stopped by Kid Galahad three months ago, but hasn’t let the setback dent his confidence and cannot wait to return to one of his favourite places – the ring.
"I just love to box so the sooner I get back out the better," he said. "Even if I’d have won against Kid Galahad, I’d have been looking to make a quick defence anyway so it’s good to have a date.
"This will the fifth time I’ve boxed this year and people might think that’s a lot, but it’s what I live for. The likes of Mike Tyson and Joe Louis fought all the time when they were coming through so I don’t understand why fighters aren’t like that now.
"I’m a throwback fighter and I’m lucky that I’ve got a good manager and a good promoter who keep me busy. I’d be out more if I could.
"Everyone likes a week off here and there, but if you like fighting then you should want to be out all the time and I do."
Jazza added: "I’m not worried too much about Josh. I’m on my own path and doing my own thing. I’ll enjoy the fight like any other fight."
The bill’s undercard features reigning English cruiserweight titlist Matty Askin, Belfast bantamweight sensation Ryan Burnett, the return of former British champion Gary Davies, Middleton’s Warren Tansey and Liam Taylor as well as Liverpool prospects Adam Ismail, Stephen Lewis, Ryan Vaughan, Phil Smith and Tommy Carus.
There will also be fights involved young punchers from famous fistic families as Haroon Khan (Amir’s brother), Dempsey Fury (Tyson’s cousin) and James Metcalf (son of Shea Neary) all appear.
December 2, 2013