DAVID Dolan’s bid to claim the British cruiserweight title from Jon Lewis Dickinson ended in defeat over the course of 12 bruising rounds at the Rainton Meadows Arena.
But the Sunderland fighter did himself proud by with a gutsy display full of spirit and determination.
The contest, billed as a Tyne-Wear clash – even though the Sunderland fighter’s opponent is from Birtley in County Durham (but a Magpies fan) – was as ferociously contested as any derby game.
But Dolan was always slightly behind an opponent who was more aggressive and threw more punches.
Dolan was wobbled early in the eight and might easily have gone down but he recovered and survived a flurry of blows from Dickinson to stay in the contest and see the bout threw to the final round.
Both boxers went toe-to-toe over the final three minutes, ending the contest in an embrace, before the judges delivered a unanimous decision in favour of belt-holder Dickinson.