Martinez vs. Cordova: Fight info, ringwalks, undercard and how to watch on DAZN

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming fight night, airing live on DAZN in select parts of the world.

Martinez vs. Cordova main events an upcoming boxing card which airs live on DAZN in some parts of the world.

All of the information you need ahead of fight night, including the full card, estimated main event ringwalks and more, can be found below.

Martinez vs. Cordova: The background

Julio Cesar Martinez is a fighter that burst onto the scene and has not looked back since. Something of an unknown, Martinez grabbed the world's attention with a brilliant win over Andrew Selby in 2019. He followed that up by heavily flooring Charlie Edwards but the fight became a no contest after Martinez hit Edwards whilst he was down.

Martinez finally became world champion in December 2019 by defeating Cristofer Rosales and his reign has been dominant since. In Joel Cordova, he faces his countryman, and the Mexican rivalry is likely to make this an exciting encounter. Cordova starts as a big underdog but he knows this a massive chance to change his life.

Martinez vs. Cordova fight time

The card takes place on Saturday June 26th. It begins at 1am BST, and main event ringwalks are expected at approximately 4am BST. However, as always with boxing, the exact start of the main event will depend on how long the undercard runs.

Can I watch Martinez vs. Cordova on DAZN?

This event is available in all DAZN regions.

Where can I stream DAZN?

Here is a list of devices where DAZN is available, including web browsers on DAZN.com :

Note: In Argentina, Chile and Colombia, new users can sign up via devices only, and not via web.

Mobile Devices TV & Streaming Devices Game Consoles
iPhone, iPad Amazon Fire TV Playstation 4, Pro
Android phones, tablets Amazon Fire TV Stick Playstation 5
Amazon Fire tablet Android TV XBox One X
.. Apple TV XBox One X|S
.. Google Chromecast XBox One, One S
.. LG Smart TV, Smartcast XBox Series X
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Martinez record and bio

  • Nationality : Mexican
  • Born : 27th January, 1995
  • Height : 5ft 2ins
  • Reach : 63ins
  • Total fights : 19
  • Record : 17-1 and 1 NC with 13KOs

Cordova record and bio

  • Nationality:   Mexican
  • Born:   N/A
  • Height : N/A
  • Reach : N/A
  • Total fights : 19
  • Record : 12-4-2 and 1 NC with 3KOs

Martinez vs. Cordova fight card

  •  Julio Cesar Martinez vs. Joel Cordova for Martinez' WBC flyweight title
  •  Daniel Matellon vs. Jose Argumedo
  •  Diego Pacheco vs. TBA
  •  Christian Duran vs. TBA
  •  Gabriel Valenzuela vs. TBA

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F1 French GP

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The 2021 Formula 1 World Championship continues with the dispute of the French Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard circuit from this next Friday, June 19. The dutch Max verstappen remains the leader of the drivers’ classification with four points of advantage over the British Lewis hamilton.

As for the Spanish, Carlos Sainz is seventh in the World Cup with a total of 42 points, while Fernando Alonso it ranks eleventh with 13 points.

F-1 French Grand Prix schedule

Friday June 18

Free training 1 11:30 – 12:30 hours (CET)

Free training 2 15:00 – 16:00 (CET)

Saturday June 19

Free training 3 12:00 – 13:00 hours (CET)

Classification 15:00 – 16:00 hours (CET)

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Sunday June 20

Race 15:00 hours (CET)

Where to watch the French GP of Formula 1 on TV?

This season, F1 can be seen on television through platforms such as DAZN or Movistar Plus. The Movistar Plus Formula 1 thematic channel has been renamed DAZN F1 and the DAZN1 and DAZN2 channels are enabled. In addition, you can follow all the live information about the French GP on the website of SPORT.

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Polymateria Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

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  • The World Economic Forum announced its selection of the 100 most promising Technology Pioneers of 2021 - companies that are shaping industries from healthcare to retail and many more.
  • This year’s cohort includes representation from 26 economies on six continents with reach far beyond traditional tech hubs like Silicon Valley.
  • Polymateria, which produces plastics that self-destructs in the natural environment, made it to the selection for its contributions in the field of circular design and prevention of plastic pollution.
  • The full list of Technology Pioneers can be viewed at http://wef.ch/techpioneers21.

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Polymateria, the London-based British tech company that last year produced the world’s first fully recyclable and biodegradable plastic, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. Polymateria came through Imperial College London’s incubator system and counts a diverse portfolio of customers and partners from Indorama Ventures, to Hollywood Actress Robin Wright, purposeful auto racing Extreme E, Rolling Loud Festivals, DAZN Sports TV network and the Indian Government.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210615005173/en/

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the use of new technologies and innovation that are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

With their selection as Technology Pioneer, CEO Niall Dunne of Polymateria will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. Polymateria will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with global leaders to help address key industry and societal issues.

“We’re excited to welcome Polymateria to our 2021 cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. “Polymateria and its fellow pioneers are developing technologies that can help society solve some of its most pressing issues. We look forward to their contribution to the World Economic Forum in its commitment to improving the state of the world.”

“It’s great to be acknowledged as a tech pioneer by the World Economic Forum”, said Polymateria’s CEO, Niall Dunne. “Since we were founded we’ve been obsessed with the scientific credibility and scale needed to solve the fugitive plastic crisis. This obsession has yielded a number of science based break throughs supported by & validated through new world leading standards specifically for the materials that are most likely to wind up in nature. It’s also clear that the ultimate beach head for innovation in this area is working with the next generation of consumers to empower them to champion the change needed from industry and other stakeholders and this will be our top priority in working within the WEF community.”

For the first time in the community’s history, over 30% of the cohort are led by women. The firms also come from regions all around the world, extending their community far beyond Silicon Valley. This year’s cohort includes start-ups from 26 countries, with UAE, El Salvador, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe represented for the first time.

The diversity of these companies extends to their innovations as well. 2021 Tech Pioneer firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The full list of Technology Pioneers can be found here.

Technology Pioneers have been selected based on the community’s selection criteria, which includes innovation, impact and leadership as well as the company’s relevance with the World Economic Forum’s Platforms.

All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here: http://wef.ch/techpioneers21

More information on past winners, information on the community and the application link can be found here.

About Polymateria:

Polymateria’s mission is to advance science to help nature deal with the plastic pollution crisis. Born from, and now based at, Imperial College London, they are the first company in the world to prove scientifically that you can take the most likely sources of fugitive or littered plastics and return them to nature without creating microplastics, harming the natural environment or interfering with recycling streams at scale.

The British Standards Institutions’s new BSI PAS 9017 standard ensures claims of biodegradability in the open environment can be properly verified for the first time according to independent pass/fail criteria. The Standard and Polymateria’s technology were recently featured in National Geographic magazine: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/environment-and-conservation/2020/11/new-self-destructing-plastic-has-helped-define-a-new-british

Polymateria has partnership with some of the biggest technical partners in the world such as Clariant (now Avient, see https://www.clariant.com/en/Corporate/News/2019/10/Clariant-and-Polymateria-launch-partnership-to-bring-new-Biotransformation-technology-to-market-in-S) and Indorama Ventures for non-woven applications (see https://www.innovationintextiles.com/indorama-companies-prepare-for-biotransformation/). Additionally the UK Govt included them as part of new trade with India (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-announces-1-billion-of-new-uk-india-trade).

In its most recent collaboration, Polymateria will be providing Extreme E, an all-electric off-road racing series, with plastic cups and flexible film that in the unlikely event of escaping into the natural environment will safely and quickly biodegrade leaving no toxins and microplastics behind: https://www.extreme-e.com/en/news/214_Extreme-E-joins-forces-with-Polymateria-to-tackle-global-plastic-pollution.html

Pour Les Femmes, the ethical brand founded by actor/activitist Robin Wright and designer Karen Fowler, is the first apparel brand to introduce Polyamteria’s technology into its packaging: https://pourlesfemmes.com/blogs/pillowtalk/whats-the-future-of-plastic-waste-robin-wright-niall-dunne

The company is proud to be a founding signatory of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Terra Carta (Earth Charter) established under the Sustainable Markets Initiative.

About World Economic Forum:

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (www.weforum.org).

About the Technology Pioneers:

The World Economic Forum believes that innovation is critical to the future well-being of society and to driving economic growth. Launched in 2000, the Technology Pioneer community is composed of early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

The World Economic Forum provides the Technology Pioneers community with a platform to engage with the public- and private-sector leaders and to contribute new solutions to overcome the current crisis and build future resiliency.

Polymateria:
Niall Dunne, CEO
nd@polymateria.com
+44(0)7927179590

Source: Polymateria



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Clippers dominate first half, even series with Jazz, but health questions linger

The questions about Game 4 were decided by halftime.

But the questions about Game 5 and the rest of this now-tied second-round series start off the court — the condition of Kawhi Leonard‘s knee and Mike Conley‘s hamstring will go a long way in determining which team advances to face Phoenix.

The Clippers and Jazz are now tied 2-2 after the Clippers ran away early and held off the Jazz late for a 118-104 win behind 62 combined points from Leonard and Paul George. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Utah.

As it seems with every playoff series this season, the health of key players — All-Stars on both teams — will play a large role in where this series now goes.

Leonard sat the final 4:35 of Game 4 that was not yet decided, when all the other Clippers were on the floor. His right knee — a chronic issue that leads to his load management during the season — seemed to be at issue late in the game, although his knee was not iced and no trainer worked with him while he sat on the bench those final minutes. Will his knee impact him in Game 5?

“It’s good. Next question,” Leonard said postgame.

Conley missed his fourth straight game due to the hamstring he strained in Game 5 of the Jazz’s first-round victory over the Grizzlies. For the second straight game, the Jazz missed his steadying influence on the court when things went bad, and they missed him as a secondary shot creator in the pick-and-roll. Without Conley, the Clippers have been able to load up on Donovan Mitchell and make his life more difficult. Without Conley, it’s much harder to imagine the Jazz winning the series now that the Clippers are playing their best basketball.

We saw that version of the Clippers — the “this team could win the title” version of the Clippers — in the first half.

They were hitting their threes — 11-of-22 in the 24 minutes — and getting those shots by driving into the paint and kicking out. They were playing small ball but getting offensive rebounds. Defensively they made smart switches and cut off lob passes into Rudy Gobert. It was a masterclass performance.

Plus, Leonard was doing this.

On the other hand, Utah got away from its move-the-ball and put the other team in the blender offense that earned them the best record in the NBA this season. It was one pass than an isolation play for too much of the first half. The Clippers didn’t do anything special on defense, it was conventional pick-and-roll coverages (although done with a non-conventional lineup), but their rotations were sharp and the Jazz had no answers without Mike Conley on the court (missing his fourth straight game this series with a hamstring strain).

Donovan Mitchell did his best, he scored 17 in the second quarter, but the Clippers were firing on all cylinders and up 24 at the half. He finished the game with 37 points on 9-of-26 shooting.

In the second half the Jazz moved the ball, hit threes, and got back to being more like themselves, and they won the second half by 10 points. They could never get out of the hole they dug in the first half.

“The way we played in the second half, that’s who are, that’s what we do,” Mitchell said. “That second half, we need to take that home and play with that same energy.”

It’s fair to expect a different energy in Game 5. It’s also fair to wonder if the strong second half performance by the Jazz was about their play or because the Clippers got comfortable and took their foot off the gas. Those questions will be answered on Wednesday.

Still, the bigger questions are which stars will be playing, and how healthy will they be?

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Mater Dei and Overseas will contest in Match 5 of the ECS T10 Malta 2021 which will be played at the Marsa Sports Complex. The match starts at 9:00 AM local time (12:30 PM IST) on Tuesday, June 15. Here are our MTD vs OVR live streaming details, MTD vs OVR pitch report, how to watch FanCode ECS T10 Malta 2021 live in India and where to catch the MTD vs OVR live scores.

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Brazil vs Peru: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Brazil continue their home Copa America campaign on Thursday when they face Peru.

Besides entering the competition as the host nation, Brazil stands as the reigning champions of Copa America. After defeating Peru in the 2019 final, Brazil lifted the one of the most prestigious trophies in South American football, and they meet here again in the group stage.

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Brazil are obvious favorites of the tournament. The host nation’s form has been sublime thus far, winning eight of their last matches in all competitions. They kicked off their 2021 Copa America campaign with a 3-0 victory over Venezuela after great goals from Marquinhos, Neymar and Gabriel Barbosa. 

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Peru has been struggling as the team goes through a transitional phase. They finally picked up a win since 2019 after defeating Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier last week. 

La Blanquirroja famously reached the 2019 Copa America final, ultimately losing 3-1 to Brazil. Peru hope to make a comeback in international football, starting with Thursday’s match up. They have no fresh concerns ahead of their first game.

Brazil: Alisson; Danilo, Militao, Marquinhos, Lodi; Paqueta, Casemiro, Fred; Jesus, Richarlison, Neymar

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Given Brazil’s selection on the offense, this should be a game of many goals. After their inaugural match, Brazil proved that despite last minute distractions, they are giving the tournament their all. Peru has managed to find the back of the net against the host nation, but their backline remains in reconstruction. Peru might not be a force to be reckoned with, but they might find the strength to contain Brazil. 

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Clippers, Kawhi Leonard take second straight blowout win to tie series with Jazz

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Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers picked up right where they left off on Monday night.

After a 26-point blowout win on Saturday, the Clippers tied up their second-round series with the Utah Jazz 2-2 after a dominant 118-104 win on Monday night at the Staples Center.

The Clippers opened the night on a 13-4 run, and held Utah to just 13 first quarter points to take a commanding 17-point lead right out of the gate. While Utah made it interesting in the final minutes, the Clippers secured their second-straight win over the Jazz to set up an interesting Game 5 back in Utah on Wednesday night.

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Leonard made a statement at the end of the first half, too, throwing down what may very well be the best dunk of the playoffs — if not the entire season — while putting Derrick Favors on a poster like no other.

Even Donovan Mitchell was blown away, and he had the second-best view of the dunk at the Staples Center.

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid, all the way on the other side of the country after their loss to the Atlanta Hawks earlier on Monday, had to stop to marvel at Leonard’s dunk too.

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Mitchell led the Jazz with 37 points while shooting 6-of-15 from behind the 3-point line. It marked his sixth straight 30-point playoff game, which tied Karl Malone for the most in Jazz history. Joe Ingles added 19 points for Utah while missing just two field goals.

Leonard left the game midway through the fourth quarter after appearing to tweak his right knee driving through the lane with Ingles. The injury, however, apparently isn't serious.

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WWE is reportedly returning to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the fall.

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Alexa Bliss Seemingly Hypnotizes Reginald On 6/14 WWE Raw

Alexa Bliss’ powers prevail.

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During her match with Nia Jax on the June 14 episode of Monday Night Raw, Reginald came to try and distract Alexa Bliss and ultimately wound up hypnotized. Before tonight, Reginald had taken last week off when he was beaten down by Shayna Baszler inside of Alexa Bliss’ playground.

Now, Alexa seems to have control over the former sommelier and it remains to be seen whether or not this will play a role in the upcoming match between Shayna and Alexa Bliss at WWE Hell in a Cell. Learn more about the match here.

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AEW called out for following Adult video website on social media. The promotion is following 893 accounts and one of them isn’t too family friendly.

AEW is arguably the biggest wrestling promotion outside of WWE. They have over 624 thousand followers on Twitter but only follow 893 back. Most of the people they follow are personalities related to wrestling or celebrities who are outspoken fans of their show. One of them however, is not like the other.

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According to a screenshot from a fan, the wrestling promotion is following Adult video website Brazzer on microblogging site Twitter. The pornographic website is currently suspended on Twitter but you can see the screenshots below.

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Embiid: 'There's no excuses. I've got to be better'

All eyes were on Joel Embiid as he retreated to the locker room with Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand between the first and second quarters of Game 4. Embiid returned to post a double-double by halftime, only to look nothing like the player who had been the Eastern Conference's most dominant force when healthy during the regular season and for the first 3 1/2 games of their series with the Atlanta Hawks.

The 7-foot MVP runner-up disappeared on the court in the second half, missing all 12 of his shots as the Hawks completed an 18-point comeback to secure a 103-100 win and tie the conference semifinals, 2-2.

It was unclear if the partial right lateral meniscus tear Embiid suffered in Philadelphia's first-round victory against the Washington Wizards was solely to blame, or more forced him to lay in pain on the sideline before Brand escorted him into the depths of State Farm Arena, and the postgame provided little clarity.

"I don't know," Sixers coach Doc Rivers told reporters in the aftermath of a blown opportunity to seize the series. "He went in the back, so I know something was bothering him, but I'm not sure what it was."

"From the beginning of the game, even before I went back to the locker room, I just felt like I didn't have it tonight," Embiid added after his worst shooting night of the season. "You could see from the beginning of the game it was tough. You could just tell, and if I'm not dominating, especially defensively, it's easy to tell."

Here's the thing, though: It wasn't so easy to tell in the first half. Embiid made four straight baskets upon returning in the second quarter — plowing through Hawks center Clint Capela and spinning into a fadeaway from the baseline for two of them — to enter halftime with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Hawks made 10 of their 29 shot attempts in the paint through two quarters, and Embiid was a +16 in more than 18 minutes.

That flipped in the second half, when Hawks forward John Collins was a more dominant force at the rim.

"There's no excuses," Embiid said. "I've got to be better."

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid struggled to finish Game 4. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid struggled to finish Game 4. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Only, there is an excuse. A legitimate one that has to be of serious concern to Embiid and the Sixers.

"It's already known," he said. "I don't need to explain myself anymore. I'm just trying to do the best I can."

He is, of course, referring to his right knee.

"I can do better," Embiid said. "I can always be better, but just as far as being 100%, I don't think that's gonna happen until the year is actually over, so I've just got to go out and manage it and just deal with it."

He dealt with it incredibly well through the first three games of these conference semifinals, when he averaged 35.3 points (on 53/36/81 shooting splits), 10.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.6 combined blocks and steals in 35.5 minutes a night, leading Philadelphia to a 2-1 series lead. He was on his way to another monster night, and the Sixers were headed for a short series before questions about his health arose again.

Never was it more evident than on Philadelphia's best chance at stealing back the victory on Monday night. Trailing 101-100 with 16.6 seconds remaining, Tobias Harris found an open Embiid rolling to the basket.

"Great look," Embiid said of a layup attempt that he normally makes with relative ease. "I just didn't have the lift. I thought I got fouled, too, but usually I would go up and — especially for a bucket like that — try to dunk it, try to get fouled and get an and-one, but I just seem to not be able to jump for obvious reasons."

Embiid has suffered through the playoffs before. An orbital fracture cost him the start of the 2018 playoffs, and the mask it required made him uncomfortable until he tossed it aside. He was also sporadically limited in the 2019 conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors with what was termed an upper respiratory infection. There was no telling what the Sixers would get from him for the remainder of both those playoffs.

Neither of those ailments was a knee that would not improve until season's end. There are real questions about whether or not Embiid, whose dominance is predicated on force, can hold up through two playoff rounds, much less two more that only get more difficult from here. All eyes will be on Embiid in Game 5.

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Ben Rohrbach is a staff writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach

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Chad Pinder hit in head by pitch, exits Athletics-Angels game

Pinder hit in head by pitch in scary moment, exits A's game originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Chad Pinder is very lucky he was able to walk off the field at the Coliseum on Monday night.

The Athletics utility player was hit by a pitch on the head by Los Angeles Angels reliever Junior Guerra in the bottom of the seventh inning, and it was scary.

Pinder was so quick to react to 81-mph splitter coming right at him that he actually caused his helmet to come off head early, exposing himself to the ball.

Instead of the ball hitting Pinder's protective helmet, it hit him flush in the head, right behind his left ear.

Pinder understandably was in immediate pain. Luckily for him and the A's, he was able to walk off the field under his own power.

Manager Bob Melvin told reporters after the A's 8-5 win that Pinder isn't in the concussion protocol.

"Pretty scary because he's had a few concussion issues in the past," Melvin said. "Scary for anybody, but for someone that's had some issues in the past, even a little more concern, so we'll see how he is tomorrow and we'll monitor him tonight."

That could have been much, much worse for Pinder.

Pinder was the second straight batter Guerra had hit after he plunked A's catcher Sean Murphy. Murphy was hit earlier in the game by Angels reliever James Hoyt and Mark Canha wore one on a pitch by Angels starter Dylan Bundy.

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Angels catcher Max Stassi was hit by a pitch from A's reliever Burch Smith. 

The A's and Angels began a three-game series, and the way things went Monday night, things could get testy between the AL West rivals.

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Tony Bellew believes timing is right for Jazza Dickens to beat Kid Galahad

“This has all fell into place perfectly for Jazza.” Tony Bellew speaks with a childlike enthusiasm when discussing Jazza Dickens’ world title chance against Kid Galahad at Fight Camp 2, live exclusively on DAZN, on August 7th. 

Since becoming the manager of Dickens in 2019, Bellew, along with MTK, Derry Mathews, and George Vaughan, have guided the Liverpool fighter to the lofty platform that was predicted when Dickens first started punching for pay a decade ago. 

Since his debut, Dickens has endured a number of tough nights in the ring, including a loss to his summer opponent back in 2013, but those setbacks appear to have made Dickens a better fighter. His Golden Contract success has placed him at the business end of the featherweight division and Bellew believes the timing is right to take on Galahad.  

“This is a brilliant opportunity for Jazza and I think we’re going to see the best version of him,” said Bellew when speaking to DAZN. “He’s had his losses and nights when things didn’t go well for him but he’s took as much as possible from each defeat and he’s made it work for him to become a better fighter. 

“This is a lad who’s made necessary changes to his team. He’s took himself away to America to get advice there. He’s done what he feels is absolutely right to become a world champion and he’s so close to realising that dream. 

“He entered the Golden Contract tournament and he was rolling a dice. His career could’ve been back at square one if he would’ve lost in that competition but he showed just how much he’s improved with some great wins. Look what those performances have done for him. He’s always wanted to be a world champion and now he has the chance to become one.” 

With Dickens and Galahad renewing hostilities nearly eight years after their first meeting, a bout the Sheffield man won via tenth round stoppage, what is giving Bellew confidence that his fighter levels the series and reaches the sport’s pinnacle? 

“This is a hard fight but it’s a fight Jazza can win because of the improvements he’s made and also because he learns from past experiences. A defeat is not a bad thing if you take as much as possible from it and make sure the same things don’t happen again. 

“I had to do that as a fighter on more than one occasion and I know someone as determined and as dedicated as Jazza is capable of doing it as well. He’s looked superb in his recent fights and I think he’s at his very best now. Through experience and the age he’s at, I think we’re looking at a great version of Jazza Dickens.” 

With the Galahad fight dominating Dickens’ steely focus from now until fight night, Bellew is aware that a Jazza victory will propel him onto the radar of the other leading fighters in the talent-laden featherweight scene. Does the former WBC cruiserweight champion have a preferred path for his fighter to take if victorious against Galahad? 

“There’ll be big decisions to make on Jazza’s career but they’ll be the type of decisions that will mean his career, and more importantly his life, will be in a good place. You have fighters like Leo Santa Cruz and Emanuel Navarrete at the top of the division and there’s also Josh Warrington to come back into the mix. 

“For now, the priority has to be, and is, Galahad. This is a fight Jazza has wanted for many years because of the history between the pair and now it’s happening with a world title on the line. He’s done everything he possibly could to get into this position and now he has to prove he’s the best.”

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