DAVID Dolan is predicting fireworks from his clash with Jon Lewis Dickinson at the Stadium of Light on July 3.
Both men are eager to resurrect their careers after being cut down by injury in their last outings.
Dolan still feels the injustice of twice failing to get decisions in British cruiserweight title scraps with champion Rob Norton while Birtley’s Dickinson is bullish about his long-term goals.
Dolan, 31, said: “The winner of this fight will be right there in the mix.
“It is one both of us need to win.
“I’ve got loads of respect for Jon Lewis. I’ve sparred with him, I’ve seen him box – but I am a good fighter.
“I think it is going to be a great fight.”
Dolan’s last fight ended in the disappointment of defeat as injury proved his undoing against Terry Dunstan when they contested the English cruiserweight title last December.
Prizefighter champion Dickinson hasn’t fought since having to retire with a fractured his jaw in the third round against Richard Turba last September.
The 25-year-old said: “I would rather come back to a fight like this. Journeymen don’t interest me.
“I like a test – something to give me a challenge and really push me.
“I hope to beat Dave, who I respect a lot, and then move my career on to bigger and better things.”
The contest is being seen as an unofficial eliminator for the British title.
There are eight bouts on the show and the main support looks just as tantalising as West Rainton’s Martin Ward and former British and European champion Ian Napa look to put themselves back in contention in the bantamweight division.
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