Travis Dickinson’s fans and many pay per head sportsbooks were delighted to see that the fighter advanced to the MaxiNutrition Knockout tournament’s semi-finals when he stopped Danny McIntosh in the third round.
Dickinson, who will take on Matty Clakson for a spot in the last of the eight-man light-heavyweight competition – in a fight that is eagerly anticipated by pay per head sportsbooks – dominated a slugfest in Sheffield and was able to win the empty English title.
Price per head services saw that McIntosh was knocked down in the first round after he took a straight right hand to the top of the end, but the fighter was able to recover and land some nice shots of his own before the sound of the bell.
In the second round, Dickinson continued to tee off with the right hand, even McIntosh still had his share of powerful hits.
But then pay per head sportsbooks saw that McIntosh was again put down – this time in a much heavier manner, after he was drilled in the third round with an overhand right, and even though he beat the count he was soon floored with a short left.
The fighter was able to get back up for a third time but his legs looked like they were made out of rubber, and referee Terry O’Connor called off the fight.
“After the first round I knew (the knockout) was going to come, it was just a matter of when,” Dickinson told Channel 5.
“It was just a matter of keeping boxing, not losing my head and everything went to plan – I boxed really well.”
Pay per head sportsbooks learned that the victory sets up a meeting with Clarkson in the last four after the Central Area champion beat Lee Duncan on points in the night’s other quarter-final fight.
In a much cagier encounter than the fight between Dickinson and McIntosh, Clarkson stretched out a lead on the scorecards over the fight’s first half.
Duncan, home-town fighter, finished strongly, catching his opponent with a couple of good hits in the last round, but could not turn things around because he was too far behind.
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Pay per head sportsbooks then saw that at the end of the 10 rounds, Clarkson was favoured on the referee’s scorecard 97-94.