Dickinson looking to banish McKenzie loss


Dickinson readying for international bow and put loss to McKenzie to bed

(Images courtesy of Steven White and ImagesBySW)

Gateshead cruiserweight, Jon-Lewis Dickinson, returns to the ring this coming Saturday night (29th November) looking to firmly put behind him that loss to Ovill McKenzie.

His mindset just simply wasn’t there when he stepped into the Metro Radio Arena earlier this year and he knows that, looking back, he probably shouldn’t have even taken the bout. He did though and the rest is history, he can’t change it, his team can’t change it, he’s just had to dust himself off and move onto the next one.

But what of that next one?

Well, headlining ‘Resurrection’ on home soil, at the Gateshead Leisure Centre, Dickinson finds himself opposing Courtney Fry over twelve threes for the International Masters Gold strap. He and his team at Fighting Chance Promotions are understandably delighted to have pulled off the show which will go out in association Dennis Hobson Promotions and covered by Made in Tyne and Wear.

The training camp, which has topped eight weeks and seen two trips to Ireland for quality sparring, has given back to the geordie cruiserweight what he felt he had, in effect, lost in his last outing.



Talking ahead of his upcoming bout he said: “I’ve had more sparring and different styles of sparring for this than any other camp I’ve been in.

“That’s been down to Ronnie (Rowe, Dickinson’s manager) mixing things up for me. Even getting over to Ireland twice was great as I had to stay focused more on the job at hand and got away from those delightful home comforts.”

Previous training camps for Dickinson have been fraught with one problem after another. Those where he challenged for and won the British title, eventually claiming the Lonsdale belt outright, were laden with injury the last outing was a downfall in mental attitude due to a lot occurring personally that the mental focus was somewhat out of sync.

He added: “Everything had gone pretty much to perfection for this fight.

“I’ve had no injury issues and what happened in the buildup to the McKenzie fight is done with. I’m definitely enjoying things a whole lot more and feel as though what happened last time out was more of an inconvenience really.

“I’m fully focused on this and trained like I have done, if not harder, than I have in other camps.”



At one point Dickinson was mooted to be a potential opponent for Leeds cruiserweight, China Clarke. The Yorkshireman has been a massive help to Dickinson in the buildup to Fry, the duo sharing plenty of sessions. Not only that but Rowe has mixed it up that much that the cruiserweight has had plenty to deal with adding: “I’ve had to content with a number of styles, not just China’s and what I got in Ireland, but a good few others as well.

“We’ve done that so I’m able to do it when I get into the ring as you can’t know what their gameplan is going to be till you’re in there. You’ll have to face numerous, different situations and adjust accordingly.

“For me, now, I just want to get in there, get that win, and put that last one behind me. It’s about getting back to winning ways and doing it well.”

In addition to looking forward to the night recent events in the north east have given the staff and fighters at Fighting Chance a view of big nights to come. Not only are they working with Hobson Promotions but, the arrival of Matchroom Boxing to the area means that both the Dickinson’s, and welterweight prospect Craig Dixon, who fights for the Northern Area title on the Resurrection undercard, have options aplenty going forward.

Dickinson concluded in saying: “2015 is going to be a massive year for the north east.

“It’s not just about the regional promoter because, with Hobson and Hearn battling it out up here now as well it’s certainly time for them to not only grab it by the scruff, but run with it and get those big fights, big nights, back in the area.”

The show, at the Gateshead Leisure Centre, ‘Resurrection,’ is 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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Posted on 23/11/2014, in Boxing, Fighting Chance and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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