FRANK Maloney jumped at the chance to promote Friday’s eagerly-anticipated North East boxing derby.
The Londoner, the man behind heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis’s rise to glory, says he is thrilled top be staging the British cruiswerweight title showdown between David Dolan and Jon Lewis Dickinson.
The pair will slug it out at Houghton’s Rainton Meadows Arena – a venue Maloney believes will be tailor-made for an “electric atmosphere”.
Dickinson has already beaten Dolan once, the Washington-based champion winning their Northern Area championship match in 2011, sweet not only for winning a belt but as a Newcastle fan triumphing at the Stadium of Light.
Maloney believes the difference in the colours of the stripes comes secondary to the intriguing battle of the two fighters.
“I was at their last fight as a spectator,” Maloney said. “And I’m here now as the promoter as well. I’m so pleased to be putting it on.
“The last fight was touch and go. This will have an even better atmpsphere – it is indoors so it will be more like a rock concert than a boxing fight.
“David Dolan does not want to be beaten and Jon Lewis Dickinson does not want to lose his title.
“His crowd are from Sunderland and Jon’s lot are Newcastle so the atmosphere is going to be electrifying. It is worth 35 pounds of anyone’s money to be in this arena!”
And Maloney believes Friday’s clash is not a forgone conclusion – even warning Dickinson that talent alone will not take the 26-year-old from Birtley to success in his maiden defence.
“Their last fight was a cagey bout,” Maloney explained. “It was for a vacant title and Jon went in and outboxed him.
“This I think is going to be a bit different.
“Jon is going to have to dig deep because David knows this is his last throw of the dice. This is his third fight for the British title.
“Every boxer wants this belt – David was a great amateur and I know he is going to come out and really give us a fight.”
Maloney has teamed up with leading North East promoter Phil Jeffries to host this show.
And the pair have a packed local undercard, featuring Paul Archer (Easington), Peter Cope (Hartlepool), Gary Fox (Fishburn), David Lake (South Shields) as well as Jon Lewis’s big-hitting brother Travis.
Maloney has also installed his unbeaten Scottish heavyweight hope Gary Cornish on the bill.
“It’s a chance for North East fans to see Gary, who I think will become Scotland’s first British champion,” Maloney added.
For tickets, contact Phil on 07747611020.