Jazza Dickens sparring again ahead of British defence
By Peter Gilbert
Last Updated: 19/10/16 10:21am
Jazza Dickens is back sparring again after undergoing surgery in the summer following his failed bid to win the WBA super-bantamweight title.
Dickens challenged Guillermo Rigondeaux for the 122lb belt but was forced to retire on his stool after suffering A broken jaw against the undefeated Cuban in the second round of their Cardiff clash in July.
Rigondeaux retains title in style
Guillermo Rigondeaux marked his UK debut with a two-round stoppage of Jazza Dickens,
"The jaw is good. I've started sparring the other day, I'm a quick healer," Dickens told IFLTV's Kugan Cassius.
The Liverpool southpaw, who has won 22 of his 24 bouts, now hopes to get back in the world title mix but first faces a British super-bantamweight defence against Hartlepool's Thomas Ward.
Ward, whose older brother Martin lost a split decision to Dickens last November, defeated Robbie Turley on a unanimous decision in March to secure mandatory status.
The 22-year-old has since extended his undefeated record to 19 straight wins after stopping Hungarian Norbert Kalucza in four rounds earlier this month.
Southpaw Dickens added: "I've been put forward to fight Thomas Ward for the British title before February.
"I'll use that as a defence then hopefully get back onto the world stage in 2017."