Defeats for Dickinson and Dixon but Fighting Chance vow to carry on
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On what was a disappointing night for Fighting Chance Promotions, with with both Dickinson and Dixon suffering reverses, Dixon for the first time in his pro career, it was a mixed night for north east boxing.
There was to be undercard successes for both debutant Steven Cooper, and Ringstar’s Basi Razaq (who moves to 3-0 with three stoppages).
In the evenings first title bout, a Battle if Britain affair, Newbiggin’s Lewis Scott suffered a shoulder injury against the Sanquhar Scotland, Rhys Pagan. The Scotsman seemingly had Scott’s number from the off and the Tynesider couldn’t really pick up any rhythm, more.so with the injury niggling away.
‘El Cannon’ Buchanan went into what proved to be a second six round war when he was taken to the wire by visiting Alistair Warren. Having put his opponent on the canvas in the opening minute Buchanan just couldn’t capitalise and did well to eek out another result.
Afterwards Buchanan said: “It’s been nearly a year since I last fought so I couldn’t really knockout back, that and it was a six round affair as well.
“I’ve not trained properly for the past few weeks, I’m just not the type of person who’ll pull out. I’m happy with what I did, more so after putting him down in the first, but I realised after that that there wasn’t much left in me so I just went though the rounds. It just felt like a lazy spar though from me.
“For now there’s things starting to get put into place for me and I’m just looking forward to having some time off over the winter with my loving wife and kids who I must say I’ve put through the mill.
“Going into the New Year it needs to be worth it for me as I want tonight regularly and keep training.”
The Northern Area battle would see Fighting Chance fighter, Craig Dixon go toe to toe with Lee Mould for the welterweight strap. Dixon started the better man but Mould always looked like his power game could finish off the more experienced Dixon.
There would be several occasions during the bout in which either fighter could have taken a stoppage but it failed to materialise as it went to.the judges cards. That in itself proved painstaking as an intake of breath could be heard as the judges ringside scored the bout 97-96 in favour of the visiting Mould.
Mould’s trainer, and camp, we’re elated to add a second area title to that, and the English title, they now hold.
There was mixed emotions afterwards with a despondent Dixon saying: “What can I say, I’m really disappointed.
“I thought I had him in the first round but he’s really fit and got through it. I’m just really unsure on how to take it right now.”
As for Mould, adding that second area championship to camp Gates, he added in a bouncing changing room that: “I felt that scores were identical to what my trainer, Mal (Gates) had and that I was at least two rounds up.
“If we’re honest then he should have had some points deducted as well as he kept holding and spitting out his gumshield.
“He just didn’t want to face my powergame is what it is but I’m taking this and dropping down to light welterweight, imagine what I can do there.”
Then it was onto the main event, a cruiserweight contest involving a returning Jon-Lewis Dickinson still smarting from his loss to McKenzie earlier in the year.
His opponent, Merseysider Courtney Fry, was coming off a loss of his having retired in the fifth against legendary Roy Jones Jnr. It was however to be Fry’s night as he put a smirking Dickinson on the canvas not once, but surprisingly twice in the opening right.
If that was hard to take Dickinson was also deducted a point midway through the bout amidst several warnings for both fighters.
As with the previous title fight it would be to the judges card and again the decision would go against the Fighting Chance pugilist and again by a point, Fry claiming the title courtesy of a 95-94 result.
Fighting Chance are understandably disappointed with the results but vow to carry on with several announcements due over the coming months.
As for the Dickinson’s and Dixon, it’s time to sit back and take stock over the festive period and come back with a fighting chance in the new year.
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