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Dickinson refusing to look beyond Dolan fight
JON-LEWIS Dickinson is hoping to end 2013 with a Lonsdale belt to call his own, but the Birtley fighter is refusing to look beyond Friday's North-East showdown with David Dolan.
Dickinson will make the first defence of his British cruiserweight title at Rainton Meadows Arena on Friday, having claimed the crown last autumn.
The 26-year-old beat Dolan when the pair met in a Northern Area title bout at the Stadium of Light in 2011, and the contest was close enough for Dickinson to be taking nothing for granted ahead of their rematch.
"Dave's a tough fighter," said Dickinson. "He's fit, he's going to be there for a fight and he's not going to hide. I've got a lot of respect for him and I'm prepared for a tough battle.
"We're not going to have to look for each other, we'll both stand there and the best man will come out on top - and that'll be me."
Dickinson is hoping a win over Dolan will prove a major stepping stone to winning a Lonsdale Belt outright, although he accepts he will have to stay ahead of an emerging group of youngsters who are eyeing his title.
"There are a few names coming through like China Clarke, Chris Keane, Wadi Camacho and Stephen Simmons, so it's heating up nicely," he said.
"I'm keeping a close eye on them and am looking forward to this next year - getting it on with them and showing them who the best in the country is. At the moment though, I'm definitely not looking past Dave Dolan."
There is a strong undercard to Friday's title fight, with North-East derby bouts between Hartlepool's unbeaten Peter Cope and South Shields' David 'Dynamite' Lake, and Middlesbrough's Francis Croes and South Shields' Anthony 'Babyface' Nelson.