David Dolan can’t afford to lose

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DAVID Dolan’s days as a championship fighter might not be over – providing he does not fumble his lines on the Summer Rumble.

The Sunderland boxer takes on Simeon Cover at the Stadium of Light this Sunday looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2009.

And coach Neil Fannan hopes a victory could revive hopes of a shot at the British championship.

It would be a remarkable turnaround if Dolan could pull it off.

Defeat on the 2011 Summer Rumble to North East rival Jon Lewis Dickinson appeared to have signalled the end of the road for the 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, certainly as a championship campaigner.

Even Fannan admitted as much, saying that Dolan seemed to “grow old” during the 97-94 loss for the vacant Northern Area belt.

It was the fourth title fight in a row Dolan had failed to win and while lady luck had deserted him in three of those, his chances of making another assault looked slim.

But the 32-year-old has come back well with a points win over Bulgaria’s Tayar Mehmed on the undercard of the Michael Hunter comeback show at Hartlepool Borough Hall in February.

And win on Sunday, albeit an expected one against the Nottinghamshire-based Cover, would give Fannan something to build on, especially if Enzo Maccarinelli vacates the British cruiserweight crown,

“We were offered a chance at the WBC inter-continental title in Italy and we’d have taken it, but it fell through,” Fannan said.

“We then decided to aim for the Summer Rumble but we wouldn’t go on the bill until around three weeks or so before the show.

“We’ll see what happens but Dave’s looking good again.

“We’d take anything good, here or abroad, but there may be a chance of possibly something happening with the British championship.

“It looked like Jon Lewis Dickinson was going to fight Enzo Maccarinelli for the British title but I’ve heard from a good source that Maccarinelli might not box at cruiserweight again.

“If that’s the case I’ve heard Jon Lewis would go in with Shane McPhilbin. We might get a shot at the winner if Dave can get a victory or two.

“He suits long distance fights and I’d like him to have something meaningful and a decent cheque. Don’t get me wrong, he is not just after a payday. Dave’s still in love with boxing and he’s looking pretty good in the gym.

“He’s always been a tremendous professional and one of the best I’ve worked with but he’s looked regenerated in the gym so I’m looking forward to seeing him box again on Sunday.

“We’ll see how he goes on the Rumble and then take it from there.”

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