For a boxer ranked by the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) as the 10th best cruiserweight in the world, Neil Dawson doesn’t have much of an international profile.
But Dawson, who earned the flattering WBO ranking after winning the WBO international title in May, isn’t fooling himself.
He has his eyes on the British title, first, possibly a European title - but admits he’d consider retirement if he got on the end of a good hiding.
The Thorpe Hesley man (12-2) will face Jon-Lewis Dickinson, in October for the GB title.
Dawson, who was raising funds in a charity bike ride for the The Co-operative Carers’ Trust, this week, said: “It is unreal how high I’ve gone in the WBO rankings but I’ve got to keep my eyes on winning that British title. My preparation and training will be good and I’ve had nutritional advice from someone who worked for David Haye. After the Dickinson fight Frank Warren could easily get me a European fight. Maybe that will be it and I’ll retire after that” said the 33-year old.
“I’d have to think about it also if someone had battered me for 12 rounds or KO’d me. But we’ll see what comes along” says the boxer who uses the Muscle Fusion gym in Chapeltown. Dawson said he’d like to fight one of his two conquerors. “I’d take on Matty Askin again, he comes for a fight. But never Danny McIntosh. “There was only one person fighting when I was in with him, that was me. If I hadn’t we’d both had been better sitting on our stools.”