On March 29 Jon-Lewis Dickinson could achieve not one but two of his boxing dreams – even if it has taken five months longer than planned.
Victory over Neil Dawson will ensure the 27-year-old from Birtley gets to keep the British cruiserweight title he first won in October 2010.
It will also be the first time he boxes professionally in Newcastle.
“I’d forgotten but my lass (Kate Williams) has just mentioned when I first met her I said I would love to win the Lonsdale belt outright, that was my biggest dream, and the next one was to fight at Newcastle Arena,” Dickinson recalled at yesterday’s launch of the city’s most high-profile boxing show for more than four years.
“I’m fighting for the belt outright at Newcastle Arena, it couldn’t really be any better really.
“I’ve been waiting for this fight to come off. The first date was October but for or whatever reasons it kept being put back and put back.
“I’m relieved it’s finally been announced for March 29 and for it to be at Newcastle Arena it couldn’t be any better really.”
Dickinson and Dawson were at the launch, but their prize was notable by its absence.
If he completes a third defence it will be Dickinson’s forever.
He added: “I’ve won the belt and defended it twice and I’ve hardly even had it!
“I’ve had it for two weeks inbetween the fights and then I’ve had to send it back.
“I couldn’t even bring it along for the launch of the fight. I feel let down because it’s my belt, my dream, and I can’t even bring it to the press conference to get my picture taken with it. I cannot see the sense in it.
“I contacted them two weeks ago to tell them I had a fight coming up and I’d be doing press conferences and things so could I have it back to promote myself.
“However, I can’t have it back until 16 February.”