Kid Galahad claims British super bantamweight title with stoppage of James Dickens
Last Updated: 15/09/13 9:54am
Kid Galahad claimed the British super bantamweight title with a tenth-round stoppage of James Dickens in Rotherham on Saturday night.
Roared on a partisan home crowd that included the likes of Kell Brook and Junior Witter, Galahad eventually wore down the brave challenge of Dickens after a superb contest that had looked in the balance right until the end.
But when the finale came it underlined Galahad's class, a crashing straight left sending his opponent to the canvas and, after taking a count from referee Mark Green, a weary and marked Dickens was pulled out by his own corner.
It was somewhat harsh on Dickens who could have claimed to have been ahead on the cards at that stage, especially as Galahad was docked a point by the referee in the ninth for holding and hitting.
The Liverpudlian certainly started fast as he looked to deny his rival any chance to settle and caught Galahad with a sharp, stinging right in the opening round.
Things were still tight into the fifth although Galahad - who switched stances throughout the fight - was beginning to impose himself more and tagged Dickens with a couple of right hooks.
The Sheffield fighter was on top by the ninth and enjoyed much the better of that round until he was pulled up for his infringement.
But he made amends in some style in the next, softening up his man with a series of hurtful body-shots before producing a sensational left to end the contest.
"I knew he was going to come out fast and he charged around like a bull, but when I found my distance... boom!" Galahad told Channel 5 afterwards.
Eubank wins again
Chris Eubank Jr maintained his perfect start to life in the professional ranks with an 11th straight win following a third-round stoppage of Alexey Ribchev.
The Bulgarian - who took the fight at short notice after Czech Stepan Hovarth had pulled out with a hand injury - had never been stopped in his 22 previous fights, but could not handle Eubank's power.
A couple of powerful combinations rocked Ribchev with a left sending him to the floor and, after Eubank had unleashed another flurry of shots, referee Howard Foster stepped in to stop the bout one minute and 45 seconds into the third.