DAVID Dolan faces make or break time at the Stadium of Light on Sunday – but trainer Neil Fannan could not be more confident.
The Sunderland cruiserweight hopes to get his career back on track by beating Jon Lewis Dickinson and win the vacant Northern Area Championship at his beloved arena.
Dolan, pictured, goes into the North East derby looking to respond from a painful defeat by Terry Dunstan at Rainton Meadows Arena last December.
Not only did the Wearsider lose the English title match, he suffered a torn pectoral muscle, an injury which many feared would threaten his career.
Fannan though believes that defeat could actually work in his boxer’s favour.
“Some people might ask ‘what has he got left?’,” Fannan said.
“He finished sparring on Friday and, I hope I am not shooting myself in the foot here, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him looking better.
“I know all trainers say that about their men, but Dave looks great.
“There is a saying about everything happens for a reason.
“And I believe having that breather following his injury has done him the world of good.
“He had a long break while his muscle healed and he’s come back refreshed and full of life.
“Had he beaten Terry then he’d have had a long stretch grafting in the gym ahead of another crack at (British champ) Rob Norton.
“But, as things have turned out, his body’s had a rest and training has gone well and he’s looked sharp in sparring.”
Dolan-Dickinson is the highlight of the Summer Rumble, which also features stablemate Martin Ward’s 10-round North v South showdown with Londoner Ian Napa.
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