BIRTLEY’S Jon-Lewis Dickinson claimed his first major professional title as he comfortably defeated Shane McPhilbin in Liverpool on Saturday.
The 26-year-old dominated the 12-round contest for the vacant British cruiserweight crown to earn an emphatic points victory – by eight rounds on two of the judges’ cards (118-110) and six rounds on the other (117-111).
Dickinson, who had already won a Prizefighter and English 14st 4lbs titles in his career, kept the big-hitting McPhilbin from Nottinghamshire on the back foot throughout as he sought to minimise the threat of his opponent’s swinging right hands.
Despite Dickinson having a point deducted for a low blow in round ten, the outcome of the bout was never in doubt.
The win was made all the sweeter for the County Durham man as it completed a superb comeback in his career.
He had been on the verge of a British title tilt when he had his jaw badly broken in a fight with Richard Turba in 2011 and initially it appeared the injury may force him to hang up his gloves.