Travis Dickinson recovered from three knockdowns in the fifth round to score a sixth round tko win over Matty Clarkson in a real thriller at the Leeds Town Hall in the north of England on Saturday night.
Dickinson roared off his stool in the opening round to deck Clarkson with a cracking short right uppercut and floored him again with a right hand in the second round but Clarkson somehow managed to regroup to mount the incredible fifth round assault
Dickinson, who earned his place in the Maxinutrition Knockout final, looked to pretty much be spent after the three knockdowns but he bravely dug deep and eventually nailed the Preston boxer to score the stoppage after 2.20 of the sixth round. The stoppage, however, did not prove popular with the crowd as Clarkson was deemed fit to continue by the ringside doctor despite a horrific swelling on his right cheekbone moments earlier. But shortly after inspection the referee Michael Alexander bizarrely stopped the fight even though Clarkson was passed fit to continue.
It was revealed after the fight that Clarkson may be suffering from a suspected broken jaw.
Speaking to Channel5 after what is a nailed on as a Fight Of The Year candidate, Dickinson said: "It was my heart and determination that got me through that. "The body shots were were crippling.
"But I’ve got a big heart and I came back and found a way to beat him. I’ve been hurt once or twice in the past with body shots - everybody has – I’ll just have to get back in the gym and work on it.”
"I’m gutted - I’ve worked hard for that," Clarkson told Channel 5."We had a gameplan to beat Travis but sometimes you don’t stick to it and you have to give credit to your opponent for that.
"Maybe he caught me cold in the first round but he certainly hits hard. The doctor says I’ve got a broken jaw and my face looks like I’ve just fallen off my bike. I would have carried on, of course I would - I’m a fighter. I love a fight - maybe a bit too much to be fair."
On the same Hennessy Sport promoted fight British champion Bob Ajisafe earned his place in the Maxinutrition Knockout final when he scored a fifth round tko victory over Leon Senior.
The 29-year-old connected with a straight left that rocked Senior and a sustained assault proved too much for the Southern Area champion.
On the undercard former heavyweight title challenger ’Fast’ Eddie Chambers forced English journeyman Carl Baker to retire at the end of the third round.
Also former WBC light-welterweight champion Junior Witter scored a fourth round stoppage against Arvydas Trizno of Lithuania.
All the results form Leeds
English light heavyweight title Travis Dickinson w tko 6 Matty Clarkson
light heavyweight Bob Ajisafe w tko 5 Leon Senior
heavyweight Eddie Chambers w rtd 3 Carl Baker
welterweight Darren Tetley w tko 4 Jason Nesbitt
super featherweight Isaac Lowe w pts 6 Andy Harris
light middleweight Damon Jones w tko 3 Kieron Gray
welterweight Junior Witter w tko 4 Arvydas Trizno
lightweight Atif Shafiq w tko 2 Dougie Curran
super bantamweight Yusuf Safa w tko 2 Anwar Alfadli
MAY 17, 2014