Former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew now has three fighters in his camp after entering the world of boxing management, months on from his retirement.
‘The Bomber’ stepped away from the sport on the back of a loss to Oleksandr Usyk in November. Since then, Bellew has been working on projects outside of the ring.
Building his ‘Bomber’ brand and putting fingers in many other pies, Bellew has always been keen to remain in the sport.
The Liverpool man’s next move was to take steps into boxing management. And Bellew has already secured a trio of signings.
Jazza Dickens, the former British super-bantamweight champion and world title challenger, has joined forces with Bellew ahead of his return to action.
“My new manager and friend now taking control of my career is nonother than Tony Bellew,” confirmed Dickens.
“I am really buzzing with this news. He’s already achieved everything that I dream of achieving!
“I have great faith in him and he’s (also) a fellow blue (supporting) Everton,” he added.
New manager and friend now taking control of my career is non other that @TonyBellew I am really buzzing with this news as he’s already achieved every thing that I dream of achieving! I have great faith in him and he’s a fellow blue @Everton #Boxing pic.twitter.com/d3v27p5hw7
— Jazza Dickens | Boxing (@JazzaDickens10) April 18, 2019
28 year-old Dickens, now campaigning at featherweight, aims for a fourth win in a row on Friday night. Dickens fights in his home city for the first time in three years at Liverpool’s famous Olympia venue.
Losing just three bouts during his 28-fight career, Dickens is aiming for another championship chance.
Kid Galahad stopped Dickens in his first attempt at the Lonsdale Belt back in 2013. Jazza – real name James – then secured his lifelong dream when defeating Josh Wale for the same strap eighteen months later.
Just over one year on, the call came for a maiden and unexpected world title shot. Unfortunately, Dickens was pitted against formidable Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux.
A quick loss led to the worst spell of Dickens’ boxing life as he nursed an injury before another reverse against Thomas Patrick Ward upon his comeback ten months later.
Since then, Dickens has spent time in America honing his craft and is now ready to claim another belt in 2019.
With Bellew backing him, Dickens joins Craig Glover and Thomas Hart under the Sky pundit’s wing.