Boxing Report: Jazza Dickens continues to impress
Boxing Report: Jazza Dickens continues to impress
By SecondsOut, special to Doghouse Boxing (July 30, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
By on Doghouse Boxing. By Danny Winterbottom at ringside.

21-year-old James “Jazza” Dickens showed why he is one of the country’s most exciting young fighters as he displayed an array of attacking talent, punishing 140 fight veteran Kristian Laight for six rounds inside a boisterous Devonshire House Hotel in Liverpool on Sunday July 29.

  Referee for the afternoon Mark Liason scored the contest 60-54 in favour of the Liverpool youngster.

  Dickens, 9st 10lbs, immediately set about his work as he bobbed, weaved and shuffled his feet beautifully to make room for his thudding body shots into the long torso of the taller Laight. The 32-year-old Nuneaton centurion had valiantly stepped in at 24 hours’ notice to save the show but after feeling the effects of Dickens’ relentless attacks must have wished he had refused the advances of show promoter Steve Wood.  

At times Dickens swarmed around Laight, 10st 2lbs, almost like he was working the heavy bag in the gym banging in some meaty sounding body shots as he moved this way and that. Although Dickens was stood in arms reach of the much taller Laight he was still unable to land anything of note on the marauding youngster, who would dip, sway and slip on coming jabs with millimetre precision before countering sharply mostly to the rib cage of the veteran.  

By the third round Dickens had settled into a rhythm and the more experienced Laight was simply unable to keep him at bay despite appearing physically the bigger man.

The way Dickens moved quickly in and out of range whilst delivering sickening blows to the body reminded me of a young Ricky Hatton, but with better head movement. Laight is used to absorbing punishment but by round four he had a look of desperation etched across his face as had simply no answer to the constant stalking of the young prospect.

  Laight would switch from southpaw to orthodox and back again several times in a round as he deployed all of the tricks he has picked up throughout his 140 fights in an attempt to throw “Jazza” off his game.

  In the last session of the scheduled six rounder Dickens began to mix in a sharp right uppercut to the head as his body attack finally began to take its toll on a tired looking Laight. Dickens was like a woodcutter chopping violently at a large tree but for all his efforts Laight somehow lasted the course and in doing so gave Dickens a good solid workout.

  Dickens maintained his unbeaten record moving to 10-0 whilst Laight fell to 6-128.

  The undercard results were as follows:

  Louis Cuddy, 14st 4lbs W PTS 40-36 Igor Borucha, 14st 5lbs (4 x 3’s cruiserweight)

  Sean Lewis, 10st 8lbs W PTS 40-36 Sid Razak, 10st 13lbs (4 x 3’s welterweight)

  Terry Needham, 10st 5lbs W PTS Ross Payne, 10st 5lbs 2oz (4 x 3’s welterweight)

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