MISMATCHED opponents Danny ‘Boy’ Hughes and Jon-Lewis Dickinson have been looking to bring out the best of each other in sparring sessions ahead of big fights next week.
Dickinson is preparing for a defence of his British cruiserweight title at the Rainton Meadows Arena next Friday.
And Sunderland heavyweight Hughes will be back in the ring for the first time in 18 months when he boxes on the same bill.
Together, they have been working hard in sparring ahead of fight night.
Hughes’ trainer, Tommy Conroy, told the Echo: “Danny’s a heavyweight and Jon’s a cruiserweight so you wouldn’t normally seem them in the ring together.
“But they have sparred with each other in the past and I think it brings out the best in them.
“Danny’s the bigger lad so Jon gets to go up against a stronger, more powerful opponent than he would do.
“And it works well for Danny because Jon is faster than the heavyweights he would normally face so it helps to sharpen him up too.”
Dickinson said: “I really enjoy the sessions.
“Danny’s a really powerful lad and I think it toughens me up ahead of contests because you’re taking some heavy blows and you need good sparring like that before a fight.”
Hughes’ last three fights before his career break were victories over European journeymen and he will face another on his comeback when he takes on the Czech Republic’s Tomas Mrazek.
Dickinson, meanwhile, will defend his belt against Merseyside’s Mike Stafford in the top-of-the-bill clash.
Stafford comes into the ring with 11 victories in 12 fights and will test the Gateshead boxer to the limit.
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