NEIL DAWSON feels like he’s gone from zero to hero in just 48 hours.
The Thorpe Hesley cruiserweight was looking forward to a relatively low-key defence of a WBO international title he acquired in December. But then he discovered he’d been nominated as mandatory challenger for the British title, held by Durham’s Jon Lewis Dickinson - a prize he’s always coveted.
Then two days later, he was invited to perform on the Prizefighter tournament at Bethnal Green, where a winner’s purse of £32,000 is on offer.
“I’ve always wanted the British title” said the 32-year-old joiner. “But I’ve been struggling with money so winning Prizefighter would pay a few debts off!”
Dawson (W11, L1) took take time off work to prepare for a March 21 re-match with Tony Conquest, whom he’d beaten for the WBO trinket, but then that fell through.
He’s used to disappointments - he became disengaged from the sport from 2005 to 2011. But he’s confident of beating rivals in the TV series, which includes Conquest.
“I’m the favourite” says the father of two, who has no trainer, but keeps spars at gyms in Birdwell and Tankersley.