Cruiserweight future for Prizefighter runner-up Dolan


14/07/2008

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DAVID Dolan, who finished as runner-up in the first ever Prizefighter tournament, sees his boxing future at cruiserweight.

Dolan was the lightest competitor in April's competition and has decided to drop down a division after losing to Martin Rogan in the final.

"The weight I boxed at for most of my amateur career was heavyweight, but that's closer to cruiserweight in the pros," said Dolan, who won nine out of ten heavyweight contests.

"Going cruiser has always been on the agenda and I've been relaxed about what weight I go in at. I had to gain weight after turning pro, but that's coming off without too much problem."

"(Trainer) Neil (Fannon) thinks it's the wisest thing to do and we're going for it," said the 28-year-old. "I feel I've progressed a lot with Neil and I've got total trust in him.

"I'll go from being one of a smaller, agile heavyweights to one of the bigger cruiserweights, which could have its advantages.

Dolan made a successful start to his life as a cruiserweight with a fourth round knockout of Brazilian Elvecio Sobral in July.

The fight, held at the Everton Park Sports Centre in Liverpool, started in comical fashion when Sobral tried to charge Dolan, ended up rugby tackling him and the pair ended up in a heap on the floor.

But from then on Dolan looked in complete control against an opponent that hardly threw anything in the opening two rounds.
Sobral, sensing he was outclassed, complained to the referee twice about Dolan punching him on the back of the head but on each occasion the referee ignored his claims as Dolan unloaded a barrage of punches.

After 33 seconds of the fourth round the contest was over with a powerful combination from Dolan then sent Sobral to his knees and he did not get up in time.

"He was so cagey at the start of the fight," said Dolan. "He was a bit of an unknown quantity but because of his stoppages deserved a bit of respect.

"I had to be patient and nick the rounds but it was hard to catch him because he covered up well.

"He left no gaps so I got through with body shots. He then walked on to my uppercut and I landed it really cleanly. It felt a good shot and it must've been because he didn't get up."

Dolan is now hoping to get a shot at the British Cruiserweight title later this year.


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