One on one: Jon Lewis Dickinson
Jon Lewis Dickinson has suffered a torrid 2010/2011 when he faced not one but two career threatening injuries. He faces Shane McPhilbin on Saturday night for the vacant British Cruiserweight strap in the Echo Arena, live on Boxnation, the new home of British boxing. (Sky 437/Virgin Media 546)
I asked him how the injury affected his boxing career, names Jon is interested in facing and the condition of the cruiserweight division now that Rob Norton has left.
Hows your training gone for the contest with Shane McPhilbin?
Everything has gone spot on, in the build-up to the contest.
What do you think Shane brings to the contest?
He is a bit of a brawler really. He is going to try and mess my game up, he has got quite a punch on him though, and I expect him to come and try and rough me up.
You have suffered two freak injuries in the past, how frustrating was it being on the side-lines.
It was bad, but looking back now, I think I have improved as a fighter. I’m a lot mentally stronger now than when the injuries happened. I’m putting a lot more work in the gym now. One way of looking at it, it’s improved the way I look at the fight game.
Your first comeback fight was against Northern Area title fight against David Dolan, which was a ten round fight. What was your reasoning fight in a ten round fight in your first fight back after such a long period out the ring?
When I won Prizefighter I put myself up there in the title mix, but I didn’t have the experience and the rounds to fight for the title straight away, but I was still high up in the rankings. Due to the injuries it left me out for about a year or something, I had dropped down the ratings a little bit. There were new faces in the position I was, it meant if I beat David Dolan I would be right back up where I was and I had ten rounds under my belt. I took the fight to push on with my career.
The cruiserweight is finally heating up with yourself, Shane McPhilbin, Enzo Maccarinelli should he continue on fighting in the cruiserweight division and Tony Conquest. Are there any names out there that take your fancy for a fight down the line, once your past Shane McPhilbin?
Tony Conquest is a name, but I need to win this title first, but Conquest could be a fight in the near future. He is doing well and winning so we seem to be heading in the same direction so that could be a fight for the future. I have been taking notice of all the boxers, there a few lads coming through like Steve Simmons, Danny Price (Who fights Hari Miles on the undercard at the Echo Arena). The division is getting better, it should be exciting over the next couple of years.
There were a number of years when the cruiserweight division wasn’t producing fights that it should have been, Rob Norton only seemed to defend his title once a year and he didn’t really have a style of boxing that was appealing to watch.
I think Rob Norton was ruining the division to be fair, by holding on to the title. He was a messy fighter, he was horrible to box. I was expecting to box Norton after I beat David Dolan and it never happened due to TV reasons. I think the division has definitely got better since Nolan has left the division.
Tickets still available for Jon-Lewis Dickinson vs Shane McPhilbin Also on the card David Price vs Audley Harrison for the British title and Kevin Satchell vs Chris Edwards for the British and Commonwealth Flyweight title and a host of young prospects from the Liverpool/ Wirral area.
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The contest will be screened live and exclusive on Boxnation (Sky 437/ Virgin Media 546) and on Wealth TV in the USA (See local listing for details)