By Karl Freitag
Travis Dickinson (10-0, 4 KOs) was the winner of Saturday night’s “Prizefighter Light Heavyweights II” tournament from the Olympia in London. Dickinson faced his second consecutive replacement fighter in the final and scored a second round stoppage over scrappy journeyman Sam Couzens (6-4, 0 KOs) who replaced semi-final #2 winner Tony Dodson. Dickinson dropped Couzens with a left hook and the referee waved it off at 1:54. Dickinson collects £32,000 as well as the “Prizefighter” trophy. Doctors removed Dodson from the tournament due to cuts suffered in his two fights earlier that evening.
Semi-final #2: Tony Dodson (26-6-1, 13 KOs) scored a third round TKO Over Menay Edwards (5-1, 2 KOs). Dodson’s cuts from the first fight opened immediately, but he dropped Edwards with a right and two lefts in round one. Dodson landed more clean shots in round two and knocked down Edwards again early in round three and the bout was stopped after 18 seconds.
Semi-final #1: Travis Dickinson (9-0, 3 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over replacement fighter Justin Jones (4-1-2, 2 KOs). Scores were 30-27 on all cards.
In the best fight of the night, Menay Edwards (5-0, 2 KOs) won a two round war against Joe Smyth (7-2, 4 KOs). Smyth dominated round one, but Edwards went toe-to-toe in round two when both fighters were rocked and Edwards was last man standing when referee Howard Foster stepped in at 1:47.
Tony Dodson (25-6-1, 12 KOs), a former British and Commonwealth super middleweight titlist and by far the most experienced and best known fighter in the tourney, rebounded from two straight losses with a bloody three round unanimous decision over Michael Banbula (11-26-4, 0 KOs). Both fighters were cut by repeated head clashes. Scores were 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.
Jack Morris (6-1, 1 KO) won a controversial three round split decision over Billy Slate (2-1, 0 KOs) by scores of 29-28, 29-28 Morris, 30-27 Slate. Morris, however, suffered a broken hand and is out of the competition. He will be replaced by Justin Jones (4-0-2, 2 KOs).
In a battle of unbeatens, Travis Dickinson (8-0, 3 KOs) punished Llewellyn Davies (5-1, 3 KOs) for three rounds. Dickinson dropped Davies with a right hand in round one and was in command all the way. Scores were 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.