Jon-Lewis Dickinson confident of maintaining undefeated record



JON-LEWIS DICKINSON is confident he will be £32,000 richer and still undefeated at the end of Friday's Prizefighter Cruiserweights II tournament.

Jon-Lewis Dickinson. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Durham-based Dickinson, 24 on Monday, is one of eight men in Barry Hearn's latest one-night Prizefighter event and believes he will have a career-changing night.

"I want the glory," said Dickinson, who has won all of his five professional contests. "I'm very confident I'm going to win and the money will help me focus completely on boxing – it will be a big change in my life.

"I'm really looking forward to it and this competition has brought a lot back to boxing, but I'm not willing to lose my unbeaten record and I want to be 8-0.

"An undefeated record is something every fighter wants to keep and you don't want any losses on your record. I believe I was made for Prizefighter with the way I box."

The Prizefighter contenders include former WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide, ex Commonwealth champion Darren Corbett and Mark Krence, who has fought for the British heavyweight belt.

Four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and a final take place in an action-packed three hours, with each fight lasting a maximum of three rounds.

North east fighters David Dolan and Chris Burton have both reached Prizefighter finals in the past and Dickinson believes he can go one step further.

"I'm expecting to be Prizefighter champion, I'm not looking for anything less," added Dickinson.

"The likes of David Dolan and Chris Burton have both reached Prizefighter finals and in the north east you get some tough fighters. "We have a lot of heart so you will see that I will give it everything I've got and I'm going to prove why I'm in Prizefighter.

"I know David Dolan and have sparred with him quite a few times and he's a good lad and a good sparring partner ahead of this with his experience. When I heard cruiserweights was going to be the next one I was over the moon and knew there would be a big name in it. Herbie Hide has entered it so that makes it even better and I like a challenge and having something to work towards.

"Back in the day Herbie Hide was great but he is getting on a bit, getting older and lost a lot of speed. The favourites are all experienced and used to 12 round distance but it will be a lot different 3 x 3 minutes as it's a sprint and you have to be there right from the start.

"At the minute I'm not ready for 12 rounders but three rounds suits me down to the ground. No one has seen what I can do. You will see a lot of movement and I will just out box people.

The draw for the quarter-finals is Mark Krence v Zahid Kahut, Leon Williams v Jon-Lewis Dickinson, John Anthony v Darren Corbett and Wayne Brooks v Herbie Hide.

Tickets cost £35 and £60 and are available from 01277 359900. The show will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports 2 from 9pm on Friday.

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