By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
ADRIAN DODSON is convinced that he has the world at his feet once again – and he’s aiming to make the most of it.
The former IBO world super-middleweight champion returns to the ring in the next Prizefighter event after a gap of seven years.
And the 41-year-old Londoner is brimming with confidence that his comeback will be the springboard to another bid for world title glory.
Dodson will join the eight-man line-up chasing the £32,000 first prize for the last big Prizefighter night at Liverpool Olympia on March 23.
And, although he hasn’t climbed into the ring since losing to Armenian Varuzhan Davtyan back in September 2003, he is convinced he can come out on top.
He said: “I really believe that winning Prizefighter could get me back up to world title contention – that’s what I am here for. The current crop of super-middleweights in Britain is exciting, but I still feel I can mix it with the best.”
Dodson, who will have a warm-up with a four-rounder this weekend, has won 25 of his 31 pro fights.
He represented Guyana in the 1988 Olympics and then made the Great Britain squad for 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
After turning pro he won his first 18 paid fights, claiming the WBO inter-continental title and also defeated Lloyd Honeyghan.
Dodson came unstuck against Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright in a world title shot in 1997, but won the IBO super-middleweight title in 2001.
The southpaw bowed out in 2003, but is now back in prime-time action and saying he still has scores to settle in the ring.
He said: “I feel that I underachieved from the standard I set and this is a very good platform for me to get back into the big picture.
Experience will be vital in this tournament because there are a lot of talented young guns who are hungry to impress.
“I will be doing my very best to add my name to their records and trying to remind people who I am.
“I’ve been a single dad of two boys for the last eight years, so they have been my priority.
“But now they are much older and things are stable in my personal life, I can come back and deal with some unfinished business.”
Dodson will be joined by former WBC super-middleweight champion Robin Reid – a team-mate of his at the Barcelona Olympics.
Also in action will be Liverpool duo Carl Dilks and former British champion Tony Quigley, as well as unbeaten Welsh prospect Tobias Webb.
Sheffield pair Wayne Reed and Patrick J Maxwell and Leicester hitter Jahmaine Smyle will also be in action.