DAVID Dolan is “putting the finishing touches” to preparations for his tilt at the English title.
The Neil Fannan and Dave Garside cruiserweight will take on London puncher Terry Dunstan at Houghton a week on Sunday for the vacant belt.
Dolan, pictured, sparred 10 rounds – the championship distance – yesterday with Derbyshire’s Ovill McKenzie, who is fighting for the Commonwealth light-heavyweight crown on the same weekend, in Liverpool.
“Both lads were as fit as fiddles and it was a really good spar,” said Fannan.
“They did 10 rounds with only half-a-minute rests between rounds.
“Ovill is in good shape and he’s a strong, awkward lad, just like I expect Terry to be.
“Dave’s pretty much done his work and now it’s really just a case of sharpening his tools for the fight.
“He did 10 rounds yesterday and we don’t do a great deal today or tomorrow before we go back on Friday for another spar.
“Dave’ll probably only do eight rounds tomorrow – he’s fit and I’m more than happy with how he’s looking.
“He’s done enough sparring – he did 10 round with John Ibbotson last Tuesday – and it’s just a case of putting the finishing touches to things now.”
Dolan, 30, is a very warm favourite for the Sunday shoot-out at Rainton Meadows Arena.
But Fannan insists they are taking the veteran Londoner very seriously.
“Dunstan is awkward and can hit,” said the trainer. “He’s sold a fair few tickets so he’s coming up here full of ambition and that makes him dangerous.
“Dave is more than ready and I want to see him nice and smooth in the early rounds.
“I think he’ll set a pace which Terry won’t like and I’m looking to see him on top in the later rounds.
“The long-distance fight suits Dave and I’m confident we’ll see a good boxing performance.”