Boxing: Dawson revels in new-found fame

Neil Dawson, right, is edging closer to a British title shot.
Neil Dawson, right, is edging closer to a British title shot.
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Rotherham puncher Neil Dawson is determined to enjoy every moment of his new-found fame.

A superb second-round stoppage win over Chris Keane last month has pushed the Thorpe Hesley puncher up to number 10 in the WBO world rankings. Securing the WBO International cruiserweight title was the perfect tonic for Dawson, having lost to Danny McIntosh in the quarter-finals of the Prizefighter tournament earlier on in May.

Now the 32-year-old (12-2) is the mandatory challenger for the British title and is hoping to take on Jon-Lewis Dickinson, the champion, later this year.

Dawson, managed by Carl Greaves, told The Star: “I’m starting to get recognition now. I keep getting stopped in the street by fans which has been great. I take risks with fights and they have paid off.”

Dawson thinks Dickinson is not a “fantastic boxer” and believes he has fought better calibre opponents than the man from County Durham.

“In my last few fights I’ve fought three boxers with unbeaten records and a former European champion in Danny McIntosh,” said Dawson. “I am far more experienced than Jon.”