Dodson: ‘I’m not as old as B-Hop’
Tony Dodson has laughed off suggestions that Prizefighter is his last shot at glory – saying victory at Olympia in London on January 29 will be the catalyst for another major title tilt.
The Liverpool boxer is one of the favourites for the 16th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one-night tournaments and after title fight defeats to local rivals Tony Quigley and Paul Smith in his last two bouts, the temptation is there for pundits to say it’s now or never for The Warrior.
But the 30 year-old says believes he has more than a decade left in the game and that lifting the Prizefighter trophy live on Sky Sports – and in 3D for the first time – will propel him to another shot at a major belt.
‘I appreciate that people will say ‘oh this is Dodson's last chance, he's getting on now,’ but come on, I've only just turned 30, I'm not that old and certainly not when you put me next to Bernard Hopkins and people like that, boxing at the top level in their mid-40s.
‘I've stood the test of time in boxing and fought at the top of the bill in some big nights, been in some of the toughest situations you can in the game with cuts and so on, and I'm still here so nothing fazes me.
‘I'm a full-time boxer, it's what I've chosen to do and it's the only thing I've got so every fight and opportunity I get is a bonus and I thrive on it,’ said Dodson.
Tickets for the Prizefighter Light-Heavyweights II are on sale now, with tickets starting at £20 and £30, ringside tickets at £40 and £50, and VIP packages at £120 – tickets are on sale at www.seetickets.com or through Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900.