At the second attempt, Guillermo
Rigondeaux will face fellow super
bantamweight James “Jazza” Dickens.
Unlike the first scheduled clash, however,
Saturday’s showdown sees a world title
on the line.
The duo were set to meet back in March
until Rigondeaux endured issues
obtaining a visa during fight week.
The bout was scrapped at short notice,
with Dickens (22-1, 7 KOs) facing
Reynaldo Cajina instead. Now, though, he
finally gets the chance to take on one of
the best in the division.
There is also an added bonus for the re-
arranged contest. Rigondeaux (16-0, 10
KOs) has been restored as the WBA’s
“super” champion, having previously
surrendered the belt because of his
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Rigondeaux v Dickens
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Williams v Corcoran
— BoxNation (@boxnationtv) July
An outstanding technician with fast hands
and sublime footwork, Rigondeaux sits at
No. 5 in The Ring ‘s pound-for-pound
The Cuban—who won two Olympic gold
medals during a stellar amateur career—
is a master of working on the counter, yet
his silky skills have been something of a
The American public tired of Rigondeaux’s
style. With television networks no longer
interested on one side of the Atlantic
Ocean, the 35-year-old agreed to travel to
The decision to travel has also been
necessary to find a willing opponent.
Rigondeaux said at the final press
conference in Cardiff:
I would like to show my respect
and gratitude to Dickens for having
the courage to take this fight.
Dickens is the only [junior
featherweight] in the world that
has the guts to step in the ring
with me. All of the others like to
talk and talk but they don’t have
the courage to actually fight. They
know where to find me. I’m here
and I’m ready to face anyone in the
world. I’m quicker than FedEx and
better than UPS.
Rigondeaux is back in possession of the
WBA title after previous holder Carl
Frampton moved up to featherweight—the
Northern Irishman is set to fight Leo
Santa Cruz on July 30.
Despite only fighting once since
December 2014—he defeated Drian
Francisco on points in a forgettable 10-
rounder last November—the Jackal will
be keen to impress a new audience.
British boxing fans should also make the
most of the chance to see a master at
Patience Pays Off
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James Dickens has lost just once as a
pro and is the reigning British champion
at 122 pounds.
Good things come to those who wait, and
Dickens’ patience has paid off with a shot
at a world title.
The Englishman was ready for the biggest
fight of his career in his home city of
Liverpool in March, only for Rigondeaux
to be a healthy scratch at the eleventh
Having trained in Russia while his visa
application was being processed,
Rigondeaux suddenly opted to return to
his adopted home in Miami, per Mitch
Abramson of The Ring.
Having initially thought the chance had
passed him by, Dickens is delighted the
bout has been rescheduled.
Jazza also believes facing Rigondeaux
will bring out the best in him, as he told
BoxNation: “I’ll listen to my coaches and
get my hand raised at the end of the
night. I’m going to box out of my skin, I
know there’s more in me—that’s why I
took this fight if there’s anyone to bring it
out of me I know it’s him.”
British champion Dickens’ only career
defeat came against Kid Galahad in 2013.
However, his former foe believes the
underdog—Dickens is a 12-1 shot,
according to Odds Shark—can cause a
Galahad told Boxing News : “Rigondeaux’s
35 years old now, and he hasn’t been
very active recently. It’s possible that time
has caught up with him, so I wouldn’t be
surprised if Jazza pulls off the upset.”
Dickens will hope Father Time gives him a
helping hand on Saturday, but the rest is
down to him.
At least this time he knows Rigondeaux
will make it to the ring.
How does Dickens approach such a tough
task? If he chooses to be aggressive, he
rather plays into Rigondeaux’s hands.
However, sit back and it’s hard to see
him outworking the champion.
The answer lies somewhere in the middle.
Dickens has to pick his moments to apply
pressure, albeit knowing he will have to
take a few shots to land one or two of his
Rigondeaux’s rustiness could lead to an
interesting start to proceedings, but the
Jackal will have the last laugh.
While Dickens will give it everything, he
will be stopped in the closing rounds.
At the second attempt, Guillermo