BRITISH cruiserweight champion Jon-Lewis Dickinson earned a Lonsdale belt outright with his third successful title defence, writes GRAEME ANDERSON.
The 27-year-old Birtley boy, with Sunderland trainer Tommy Conroy in his corner, imposed himself from the first round against Rotherham’s Neil Dawson.
The 33-year-old challenger came into the fight with a decent record, having won 12 of his 14 fights, but he never troubled Dickinson throughout the opening five rounds and in the sixth, the champion started to get through.
A strong left jab to the face and an uppercut 30 seconds later asked questions of the Yorkshireman, but the challenger held his own in the seventh and the eighth rounds.
The ninth round saw Dickinson finally stepping it up and landing with a couple of big shots, but it was in the 10th that he really hurt his opponent, hitting him with a string of unanswered blows, getting him on the ropes and finally battering him to his knees.
The game Dawson was given a standing count, but it was clear he was a beaten fighter and the referee rightly waved the contest over.
The top-of-the-bill contest between Stuart Hall and Martin Ward was to end in bitter disappointment for Ward after Hall opened a wicked cut above the challenger’s eye as he went in for a right-hand punch.
But at least there was some joy for Martin’s brother, Tommy.
The 19-year-old super-featherweight extended his unbeaten record to seven fights with a comfortable victory over Sheffield’s Qasim Hussain.
The four three-minute round contest was scored 40-36 in favour of the West Rainton fighter.