‘Tasty’ Travis Dickinson is confident he has “everything” to beat ‘Magic’ Matty Clarkson in the MaxiNutrition Knockout semi-finals at Leeds Town Hall on May 17, live on Channel 5.
The newly crowned English light heavyweight champion, Dickinson, won his title with a knockout performance in the quarter-finals and “can’t wait” for the next round.
“It meant a lot to me to win the English title, it’s my first proper professional title and I won it in style,” Dickinson said.
“I can’t wait to get out there in the semi-final, obviously I know that Matty Clarkson is a good boxer, but I know I’m going to beat him.”
The 26-year-old Newcastle fighter, Dickinson, emphatically knocked out former European champion Danny McIntosh inside three rounds in their MaxiNutrition Knockout quarter-final contest, sending the Norwich man to the canvas three times in the process.
That win set up his semi-final showdown with Clarkson, who battled his way to a points decision against the tricky Sheffield fighter Lee Duncan in their respective quarter-final and Dickinson isn’t overlooking the determined and resilient Preston man.
“I was very satisfied with my performance, especially finishing the fight as early as I did,” Dickinson said.
“I knew that if I caught him I would have the power to stop him but to do it that early was even better.
“Matty had a bad night in the quarter-final against Lee Duncan and now people are telling me he’s not good, but that’s not the case – he’s going to come into this one and have a go for my title, so he’ll be training harder than ever.
“But I know I’ve got everything to beat him, so I’m on my game and I have no worries.
“The MaxiNutrition Knockout is a big competition and winning it would obviously mean the world to me.”
This fantastic night of championship boxing will also see Leeds fighter and newly crowned British light heavyweight champion Bob Ajisafe take on Swanley’s Southern Area champion Leon Senior in the second semi-final to decide who will compete for the first ever MaxiNutrition Knockout title.
The night will also feature a whole host of exciting talent on the undercard including former world heavyweight title contender (against Wladimir Klitschko) ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers, Bradford’s former WBC world light welterweight champion Junior Witter, as well as Leeds fighter Damon Jones, Bradford’s Darren Tetley, Hull fighter Samir Mouneimne and Morecambe’s Isaac Lowe.
Tickets for start from £35 and are available to purchase now from the Ticketline box office on 0844 888 9991 or online at www.ticketline.co.uk