Come January 16 most eyes will firmly be fixed on the return of former world champion David Haye as he makes his much-anticipated comeback after over three years away from the sport.
But another fighter hoping to use the event at London’s O2 Arena to reignite their career is Liverpool’s Tony Dodson.
Dodson (31-8-1, 15KO) has had a long-lasting career, which has seen him fight for the British super middleweight title on five separate occasions – the most recent fight resulting in a knockout loss to local rival Paul Smith back in June of 2013.
Since that defeat, the 35-year old has only fought twice however – both times earning victory in scheduled four rounders against fairly inadequate opposition. Now, speaking exclusively to World Boxing News, Dodson is excited about his latest opportunity.
“I am pleased to confirm that I am definitely fighting on the David Haye undercard. I’m just waiting on David confirming his personal details and TV situation etc, before he announces the undercard,” he said.
“It’s a brilliant opportunity for me and it will be a massive show to be a part of. It’s likely that I will be facing an international opponent and I’m expecting a tough, competitive fight, which is exactly what I need.
“This is the first time in a long time, I’ve consistently stayed in the gym and I feel better than ever. Age is just a number and if you live the right life and commit yourself whole-heartedly, then of course you can still be successful. I can do things in the gym now that I never could before. It’s all about staying busy now and keeping fit, ready for an opportunity to come up,” he added.
Although most fans will remember the Liverpudlian as a super middleweight – a division thriving at the minute – his last two fights came at light heavyweight and his January bout will be no different.
“I’ll fight at light heavyweight and I’m happy to do that, especially if there is no title on the line. I can still make super middle though if I give myself a full twelve-week camp and when the chance comes, I will grab it with both hands.”
“I’m not going to bother calling anyone out or start chasing particular fights just yet, until I get myself back into real contention again. I would like to challenge for the British title once more – I’ve had some rotten luck in the past and unfortunately come up against some exceptional opponents,” Dodson added.
“The super middleweight scene in Britain is very exciting at the minute and it’s brilliant for Liverpool. We have a lot of lads from Merseyside heading up the division and it’s a great time for the North West and for the city.”
Matt Horan is a lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123