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Former British champion, Jon Lewis Dickinson (15-3-0, 4 KOs) is ready to climb back up the Cruiserweight rankings when he meets former Olympian Courtney Fry (18-6-0, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at Gateshead Leisure Centre.
Dickinson’s seven fight winning streak came to an abrupt end in June, when Ovill McKenzie stopped the Durham man within two rounds to lift the British and Commonwealth title. Despite losing in such devastating fashion, Dickinson insists that it was simply a bad day at the office, and bigger fights are still in the pipeline for the future.
“Mentally I wasn’t right against McKenzie. I went into the fight and I couldn’t get myself motivated or lifted, I wasn’t excited or nervous. There were no emotions there and I’ve never experienced that before,
“When I’m training now I’m really looking forward to the fight. When I fought McKenzie everything was a chore. Hopefully I never feel like that again. It was one of those things. You learn from your mistakes and get over it.”
Fry will hope to upset the hometown favourite and turnaround his recent form, where he’s suffered three consecutive defeats; the latest of those was to an ageing Roy Jones Jr who was hailed as “fighter of the decade” of the 1990’s by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
Coming off the back of a defeat, Dickinson remains wary of the advantage Fry’s experience can bring and is avoiding complacency.
“I’ve seen Courtney Fry about the scene since the 2000 Olympics. I’ve known his name for a long time. He’s experienced with representing Great Britain and it will be a good test,” said the Birtley boxer.
While not looking past Fry, Dickinson hopes that a win will propel himself closer to the headline names in the division; such as Nathan Cleverly, and in particular Tony Bellew who he fought and lost to in his amateur career.
“It’s time to move past British level and go internationally to get myself on the world scene. If I didn’t lose to McKenzie I would have been up there already. If I get a couple of wins under my belt, I will be back at that kind of level,
“I boxed Tony at the age of 18 when I first went to the ABA’s. I did extremely well in getting to the final and I’m proud of my achievements. Unfortunately, Tony was a big puncher and it was good night for me,
“I’m a lot more mature now and I would love to fight the likes of Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly. I believe in my ability and I just have to go prove it,” added Dickinson.