Man of the People

Man of the People

He's preparing for the biggest night of his boxing career, but Jazza Dickens is still helping others less fortunate in his home city. The affable Liverpudlian takes on Ryan Walsh in the 'Golden Contract' final with the carrot of a lucrative two-year, five-fight deal up for grabs for the winner.

"It's life-changing," Jazza said with a grin. "More than life-changing! It'll put me in a position I've never been in before. It'll put my family in a position they've never been in before. All the sacrifices made - I'm doing it for them, as much as for me and for my community."

Community is a word Jazza mentions often, although his work helping others goes largely goes under the radar. He's currently working on an initiative with Maverick Stars to help families affected by addiction - a subject close to his heart owing to his father's drug addiction and subsequent recovery.

"We need to bring back our communities," Jazza said. "Like the work you're doing at Maverick [Stars], it's amazing work and I'd encourage anyone to try and pick their community up, to get involved because so many things come from it."

Jazza is currently sporting a 'Mo' as part of Movember and all donations will go to the Sisters of Mercy who feed and clothe the homeless in Liverpool city centre. If Jazza reaches his £5,000 target, the moustache will stay in place for the Walsh fight

Meanwhile, the likeable featherweight has been training meticulously for the fight of his life under the guidance of coaching team George Vaughan and Maverick Stars' very own Derry Mathews.  The 29 year-old faces a big challenge against Norfolk-based Walsh - a man he has great respect for - but he's convinced it will be his night under the lights when the pair meet at a tv studio in Wakefield.

"A lot of things make sense coming into this final - the amount of time it's took, the COVID situation. I feel like it's all fallen into place," Jazza added.

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Jamie’s Dream Edges Closer

Maverick Stars, working alongside fighter-turned-trainer Jamie Moore, have been given the green light to go ahead with plans to open a boxing club in Salford.

Walkden ABC will take its place within a unit at the Walkden Shopping centre that will also cater for other youth activities delivered by Salford Community Leisure.

Many hurdles have been overcome to get to this stage of the process, and Jamie, a Maverick Stars ambassador, is delighted the plan is nearing fruition: "It's been nearly three years in the making," he said. "Walkden has the same problems as other areas but it's never had an amateur boxing gym.

"Kids are hanging around the shops and they have no real direction. The gym will go a long way to helping to fix these problems. If it changes just one kid's life, it'll be worth it."