Dickinson Wins Prizefighter/ Hide Quits
Novice fighter Jon-Lewis Dickinson (23) has won Prizefighter: The Cruiserweights 2. Dickinson scored a decision over Leon Williams in the quarter finals, and then went on to knock out Mark Krence and Nick Okoth in the semis and final respectively.
The tournament was being sold very much as the Herbie Hide show. Hide, a two time former WBO heavyweight champion, was the biggest star to ever compete in the series and was a runaway favourite with the bookmakers. However, he was cut by a clash of heads during his quarter final with Wayne Brooks. Hide went on to win the bout, and was cleared by doctors to continue on in the next round, but felt it wise to remove himself from the competition. It’s a decision which no doubt raised the ire of many gamblers, but it was probably the right move from a buisness perspective. Hide is highly ranked by the WBC (whose title is currently vacant) and didn’t want to put that position in jeopardy by fighting on injured. He was replaced by journeyman Nick Okoth. It marked the first time in Prizefighter history that an alternate had to be brought in to the tournament.
As for Dickinson(now 8-0), this was a good accomplishment for a guy at such an early stage in his career. He has personality, a decent amateur pedigree, and he’s beginning to develop some power. Winning Prizefighter will probably open some doors for him. At very least it should insure that he gets some good paydays and is matched up well as he moves forward
Mark Krence beat Zahid Kahut by UD
Leon Williams dropped a SD to Jon-Lewis Dickinson
Darren Corbett over John Anthony by UD
Herbie Hide won by UD against Wayne Brooks
Jon-Lewis Dickinson stopped Mark Krence Round 1
Substitute Nick Okoth took a decision over Darren Corbett
Jon-Lewis Dickinson knocked out Nick Okoth round 3