Fighting Chance – A Year in Review

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Fighting Chance continues to grow, in and out of the ring 

(Images courtesy of staff photographer ImagesBySW)

The year just finishing has been a one of mixed emotions for all those involved at Fighting Chance Promotions. However, whether you have wins or losses on the board the strength within epitomises everything which the company is about and they look forward to ushering in the New Year, and a new era for north-east boxing, with much vigour and gusto.

The flagship fighters have all been in action and all won titles which, considering how the year finished, puts that rosy glint in the eye of the watcher.

In the cruiserweight Jon-Lewis Dickinson, 15-4(4) realised a dream when he claimed the British Lonsdale strap outright following a tenth round stoppage of Neil Dawson at the Metro Radio Arena; younger brother Travis Dickinson, 17-1(7),participated in the MaxiNutrition tournament which, although had an indifferent ending, saw the Tyneside light heavyweight not only emerge as the English champion, but also warrant ‘fight of the year’ after his epic clash with Matty Clarkson in the semi-final; and then there’s the rising star of Craig Dixon, 11-1, who, in headlining the ‘Young Guns’ show in May claimed his maiden title with the International Masters Bronze welterweight strap.

But how have the trio seen their year in the professional fight scene play out?

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For Jon-Lewis Dickinson there have been no real regrets on what has been a good year both personally and professionally. He said: “Winning the Lonsdale belt outright kind of evens it out with the two losses so I’m reasonably happy with how the year has been.

“Not only that but I’m alive, happy, and got married so what more can you ask for.

“The bout with (Courtney) Fry was probably the hardest I’ve had; he’s definitely found his strength in this division and we had a great fight. It was even more so for me when you look at what I overcame with the two knockdowns early on and the point deduction. That shows there are plenty of positives I can take from it as well as looking at and working on the negatives as we move onto that next one.”

That next outing is for Steven Simmons’ WBC International Silver strap at the Metro Arena in early April for which the elder Dickinson added: “I’ve had an eye on him (Simmons) for a while now and he was a really good amateur.

“I have confidence in my abilities and feel I can do the job and keep the WBC title on Tyneside on what is shaping up to be a really great night of professional boxing.”

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Although still smarting inside from the Bob Ajisafe debacle, Travis Dickinson added: “The first half of 2014 was great for me, more so when winning the English title.

“My being in the MaxiNutrition tournament helped put my name out there and I really enjoyed that tournament. Stopping (Danny) McIntosh to win the title was just amazing and then, to be able to defend it how I did, fantastic.

“What happened though was just a sickener really but these things happen so what can you do. I just can’t wait now to shake off this injury and start off the New Year by winning the International title fight which I have in April in front of a good home crowd.”

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Craig Dixon, who saw personal happiness come to fruition during a mixed year said of winning his maiden title: “It felt really good to finally win a belt and it is a relief to get one, winning that meant that I could move on more professionally and hopefully go for Area and English titles.

“I just need to concentrate on what I am doing in the ring and pushing myself up those rankings.”

Unfortunately for Craig, title fights, like they have been with Jon-Lewis, has proved to be indifferent this past year and he fell just short in his challenge for the Area title, saying afterwards that: ““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.”

After co-promoting the ‘Resurrection’ show with Dennis Hobson Promotions in the latter months of 2014, results withstanding, the fledgling company has progressed well.

The signing of cruiserweight Paul O’Hagan, 4-2(2) sees muscles being flexed further with the fighter already scheduled to appear on the upcoming ‘Rising Stars’ show on February 7 in Gateshead. O’Hagan has been a welcome addition to the Felling-based stable and he said of his decision to join that: “I’m here, here to fight, and will fight anybody.

“I just won’t set myself up for a big fall or call anyone out and, although I’m not really a big puncher I’m not hanging around for others anymore, I’ve moved on and it’s time I went for maybe the Area title or a good shot at the prizefighter.”

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