DAVID Dolan is one of the unluckiest boxers to climb through the ropes.
But the Sunderland fighter is determined to make his own luck in the remainder of his career.
Dolan, who has been dealt a couple of bad decisions and suffered injury woe in title fights, kept alive his hopes of another championship chance by beating Simeon Cover at the Summer Rumble.
Defeat to the Nottinghamshire heavy would almost certainly have ended all hope of him breaking back into the British championship scene.
But the 32-year-old produced a good performance to record back-to-back wins for the first time since 2009.
As befits a boxer from the Ingle camp, Cover was an awkward opponent but Dolan, following the orders of coach Neil Fannan to the letter kept his shape and composure.
Almost every round was identical, Dolan connecting with his sharp jab and some eye-catching long rights against the retreating Cover.
The powerfully-built 34-year-old from Worksop did let go the occasional big punch but the former Commonwealth Games gold medallist was never troubled and deserved the 40-36 verdict from referee Mark Curry.
“It was a pretty straight-forward win,” Dolan told Echo Sport.
“He was quite a big guy and he was swinging a few big shots. It was just a case of being switched on and make sure one of them did not connect.
“I just followed Neil’s instructions to keep boxing and work off my jab.
“If I had lost to a guy like that it would have been a case of ‘where do I go from there?’ so you have to be careful. I knew I had to keep winning and now I must hope a big fight can come up.
“I’m going to keep training, so if there is a phonecall with the offer of a decent fight then I’ll be ready for it. I’m hoping my luck has changed.
“I’ve had two good wins and I’ve won all the rounds. I’ve boxed well within myself and I’m ready to fight for something big and against someone who is going to bring out the best in me.”
H Ireland’s Willie “Big Bang” Casey won the top-of-the-bill contest when he outpointed former Michael Hunter foe Jason “Too Smooth” Booth, from Nottingham, over 12 rounds to take the vacant WBO intercontinental super-bantamweight belt.