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Travis Dickinson won't rest on laurels after winning title

TRAVIS Dickinson has promised to be back in the gym next week ready to build on Saturday night's historic success.

Travis Dickinson

TRAVIS Dickinson has promised to be back in the gym next week ready to build on Saturday night's historic success.

The 22-year-old picked up the trophy and a £32,000 cheque as Prizefighter light-heavyweight champion after knocking out Sam Couzens at London’s Olympia.

He also wrote his name into Prizefighter history. Elder brother Jon-Lewis won the cruiserweight title last year, making the Birtley family the first to claim two champions.

But rather than basking in the glory, the former British amateur champion was already dreaming of a title shot.

“It was mint to have two brothers win it,” Dickinson told The Journal. “I boxed the best I’ve ever boxed. I just kept banging away. This will make a big difference to my career. It’s onwards and upwards.

“I will have a week off, and then get straight back in the gym. I just want to fight for a title as soon as possible.

“I’ve got someone in mind but I don’t want to say anything yet because it’s not sorted out.”

Saturday’s was the 18th series of Prizefighter, a one-night eight-fighter competition of three, three-minute-round bouts with a track record of lifting the careers of its champions.

Dickinson’s promoter, Frank Maloney, has criticised him in the past for a lack of dedication out of the ring but he showed his fitness with unanimous points decisions over former Wales amateur captain Llewellyn Davies and Justin Jones in the quarter and semi-finals respectively. Jones and Couzens were both stand-ins, thrust into the action when quarter-final winner Jack Morris broke his hand and pre-tournament favourite Tony Dodson was unable to take his place in the final because of severe cuts above his right eye.

In a competition which tests stamina, Dickinson did not see it as an advantage.

“I was looking forward to fighting Dodson and I fancied my chances of beating him,” Dickinson claimed.

“I fought two stand-ins but it meant all three fighters I was up against were fresh.” Couzens showed as much in a fast start to the final but Dickinson – who earlier floored Davies for the first knockdown of the night – put the 24-year-old on the canvas with just over a minute left in the second round. When he got back onto his wobbly legs referee Howard Foster declared Dickinson the champion.

It took Dickinson’s pro record to 11-0 but the win should mean far more than simply improving his statistics.

TIMOTHY Bradley is targeting a showdown with Amir Khan after adding the WBC light-welterweight title to his WBO crown with victory over Devon Alexander in Detroit.

“I think I proved that I’m a force to be reckoned with,” said Bradley.

 

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