Dickinson ready to headline home show in Gateshead


Dickinson chomping at the bit ahead of International title shot

It was a shock to the system, but maybe, just maybe, the jolt which was needed to spur him on again.

Losing to Ovill McKenzie at the Newcastle Metro Arena earlier this year will have come as a surprise to quite a few around the time but, as is pretty much the case with any of the Dickinson’s, there’s always something going on.

Now standing at 15-3(4) Fighting Chance cruiserweight, Jon-Lewis Dickinson, will appear on November 29 against Merseyside fighter, Courtney ‘virus’ Fry, who as a former Olympian and Commonwealth Gold medallist (in 1988), brings an 18-6(6) record. At 39 ‘virus’ won’t be taken lightly by Dickinson and rightly sees his opponent as the ideal stepping stone onto the international scene.

“Yes, I may have those three losses on my record now but, when you look at it, then you’ll realise that two were injuries,” Dickinson began.

“As for McKenzie, he’s a massive puncher anyway so don’t read anything into that one either. Personally I just wasn’t enjoying anything in the whole build-up and, if I’m being honest, didn’t want to do it. I felt like that every day in training as well – it’s the only time it’s ever happened to me but it did.

“I was in the mindset that, after I’d beaten Dawson and claimed the Lonsdale belt outright, that I wouldn’t be fighting until I married Kate then the next thing you know is there’s this fight in the mix as well. It just ended up being sat on the back burner really as everything else was all booked up.

“I shouldn’t have taken the fight; my mind just wasn’t on the job. But I’m not the type of bloke to turn something down because of something like that. The night itself was just like a bad sparring session and I couldn’t get into it no matter how hard I tried but I’ll never pull out no matter what’s happened, I’ve gone through a number of camps injured, pulling out is not me.”

Would he go back and do it again, of course he would. Dickinson would not be in this game if he wasn’t prepared to go back. What he won’t do however is watch the footage back again to which he said: “I’ve seen the pictures from the fight and I feel from looking at those that I was too close to him (McKenzie) and he’s a world class puncher.

“I’ll never watch the fight back though, I know what was wrong and that he caught me on a bad night. Would I box him again? When the time and title is right, yes, I would, and I would beat him confidently and comfortably so yes, I’d go in with him again.”


Now, with trips to Ireland been and upcoming, as well as stable-mates in brother Travis (facing Bob Ajisafe for the British light heavyweight title and MaxiNutrition Championship) along with Craig Dixon (fighting for the Northern Area welterweight) appearing this month, it’s a gloriously busy month in the Fighting Chance gym.

In the eyes of Dickinson it’s now about Fry and Fry alone. Continuing he said: “He’s an experienced fighter who’s been in with some of the best (Jones Jnr, Maccarrinelli, Clarkson and Cleverly to name a few) so he knows exactly what he is doing.

“He’s done the Olympics, the Commonwealths, been around the pro scene a number of years so it will be a good fight, a tough one at that. I do feel however that I have the tools to beat him and, if not a good stoppage then at worst a good points win.

“I’m enjoying things again and when that’s happening then that’s half the battle already won so yes, I’m confident I can put in not only a good performance but also get that win and get back on track.”


Headlining a show is no mean feat, and to be able to do it in your own back yard, as Dickinson will do when he steps out into a vociferous Gateshead Leisure Centre, then all he’s look forward to it will have been worthwhile. Not only for the fighter but the team behind him who have been there through thick and thin.

“Ron (Rowe) and Gary (Barr) work great together on the boxing front and I couldn’t ask for more or better really,” continued the Tyneside cruiserweight.

“Martin (Nugent) who deals with my strength and conditioning does what he does best so I wouldn’t change anything at all.

“As for the show, I’m excited, looking forward to it, even getting butterflies every time I think about it because the atmosphere will be truly electric. Also, with our Craig getting his first big title opportunity then it’s fantastic for the gym as well.”


The show at the Gateshead Leisure Centre, put on by Dennis Hobson Promotions in association with Fighting Chance Promotions, looks like it will have the makings of a classic and sees the inclusion of a top rating Northern Area title clash heading up the undercard as Tyne takes on Wear for the welterweight strap with the undefeated duo of Robert Dixon and Lee Mould colliding.

Advertising and sponsorship packages are available and information is available by contacting Peter Mann on 07596657371. Tickets will go on general sale soon and will range from £35 standard to £75 platinum from fighters on the show, the Fighting Chance Media Officer, or via the ticket hotline 07544 222 089.


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