British super-bantamweight Jazza Dickens is expected to be allowed home on Monday following surgery to repair a broken jaw suffered against Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Coach Paul Stevenson, who works with Dickens at the Everton Red Triangle in Liverpool, updated well-wishers of the world title challenger on the back of his savage loss to the Cuban superstar.
Rigondeaux blasted Dickens’ jaw with a sweet left hand in the second round and the Merseysider was unable to continue the fight.
Dickens remains in high spirits despite the devastating loss, just the second of his career so far.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their support these last few weeks. We’re heartbroken for Jazza, but he will come back stronger for the experience,” said Stevenson.
“He was treated at Cardiff hospital in the small hours of this morning where he was still trying to laugh and keep our spirits up at 3am. They tell us he will hopefully be operated on today (Sunday) and Mick and me can bring him home to Liverpool tomorrow.
“(I was) Really impressed with how he conducted himself throughout the build up to the event. No fear, no screaming and shouting, no typing wars – just old style sportsmanship and an unshakable desire to fight the best and become world champion.
“Mick and me are going in to see him so will pass on all of your kind wishes and thoughts,” he added.
Although outclassed by the WBA super-bantamweight ruler, Dickens was never overawed and will be able to come back stronger once his recovery is completed.