James Dickens says Martin Ward will provide him with a tough fight, but is quietly confident of retaining his British super-bantamweight crown tonight.
The Liverpudlian beat Josh Wale in March to become the title holder and chose Ward as his latest opponent – to measure his own capabilities against better boxers!
I don’t want to give too much away but I’m going to work to my strengths.
“My preparation has been great,” he said. “I feel good and confident to do the 12 rounds if it goes to 12 rounds.
“I’m going to box him and if he goes early it’s because I box well.
“I don’t want to give too much away but I’m going to work to my strengths. I know what my strengths are and that’s all I need to know.”
Dickens’ career record reads one defeat in 22, and the know-how of winning a British title fight has mentally relaxed the Everton Red Triangle fighter.
“I wouldn’t really say there is extra pressure on me (due to the title defence). I had the title, I gave it back (in 2009), I won it again so I’ve come up here to win the title again,” he added.
“Not that you need the confidence but you do gain a lot of confidence knowing that you won the title, knowing that you’ve done the 12 rounds, you’ve had a good, tough fight.
“Whatever happens I know I’m in good shape that way.”
But he is also aware that Ward has big-fight experience, having fought in the IBF World bantamweight title against Stuart Hall in March 2014, that ended due to an injury for Ward.
He continued: “He’s a good fighter, he’s fought for a world title and he’ll be up for it, too.
“I’m not looking to get lucky and pick easy fights. I want to defend this and I want see who I am. I want to fight good fighters and Martin’s a good test for me.”