The 25 year-old challenges ‘Rigo’ for the WBA super bantamweight title on July 16 at the Cardiff Ice Arena months after their bout was initially called off due to visa issues. This time around, Rigondeaux will have no such problems and Dickens hopes to pull off one of the biggest shocks of recent times against the undefeated amateur legend.
“People have already told me that I have no chance of beating him but when I look in another man’s eyes I can see he’s just the same as me. I’m a man and he’s a man; we both feel courage and we both feel fear. On the night we’ll be stepping in the ring as equals and I believe I have what it takes to beat him; I wouldn’t have taken the fight if I didn’t,” said Dickens.
“I’ve always said things happen for a reason and this proves it. It was disappointing the fight didn’t go ahead last time but this time it’s for a world title; I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity. Fights like this don’t come around every day so I’ve grabbed it with both hands.
“It’s been my childhood dream to be the best in the world and this to me is a golden opportunity to become the best by beating Rigondeaux. Becoming the first Liverpool boxer to win a WBA world title would be a huge honour.”
Dickens was due to challenge for the European title earlier this month, although suffered an injury that will have no affect on his bout in Wales, which is topped by Liam Williams v Gary Corcoran for the British and Commonwealth super welterweight belts.