Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Carl Dilks Ready To Explode in His Cruiserweight Debut

Liverpool's Carl 'Dynamite' Dilks makes his cruiserweight debut live on VIPBOXING.TV when he tops the bill at Southport's Floral Hall on February 28.  The 30-year-old, who has previously fought for English and Commonwealth honours at super-middle, knows he doesn't have forever left in the game but believes the move up in weight will signal the most successful period of his career.

“To be honest, I'm getting on now.  Since my last fight I've gained a lot of muscle,” explained Carl, who has recently employed the services of a dietician.  “In the past I've been doing the weight the wrong way.  At times it hasn't been my fault because I've had short notice for title fights, and I've taken those fights because they were opportunities I thought I could've won.  But draining myself to make weight wasn't the best way to go about it and I got chinned!

“I'm feeling good and strong at cruiser though.  I might even have a six pack for my next fight, and I've never had one in my life!  When I spar in the gym with bigger lads I more than hold my own, and I feel good doing it.  So I've thought I'll have one last good go at it this season; step up to cruiser and see how we do.  If it doesn't work then I'll maybe go back down to light-heavy, or even call it a day.  I don't know yet.  It's a big gamble but it's one I think will pay off.”

After a period of stagnation, the domestic 14st 4lbs division is vibrant again.  Birtley's Jon-Lewis Dickinson currently rules the roost but a queue of contenders are jockeying for pole position behind him, and Dilks is confident he can get into the mix.  With just six defeats in 23 outings, the former squaddie has the experience to make an impact and says he is hitting harder than ever and can finally achieve his dream of winning the Lonsdale Belt.

“They're all good,” assessed Carl on the current crop of cruiserweight contenders.  “You've got Matty Askin, Neil Dawson and Tony Conquest, who's fighting for the Commonwealth belt.  He's good and if he wins then I'd like to fight him for that title.  There's some good fights out there and there's no-one who I think is unbeatable.  I'll be going up totally confident that I can more than hold my own.  And I know I'm punching a lot harder because my wrists and hands are killing me!

“I'd love to fight for the British.  I've had an unlucky career, things that could've gone my way haven't, but I can't walk away until I've fought for it.  And to win it would be a dream come true.  If I'm totally honest, it's make or break.  If I haven't done it this year then that's it, it will be time to hang the gloves up.  I've had a good go and I'd just like to finish it off with a good season and hopefully fight for, and win, the British crown.”

“I still believe that there are major fights out there for Carl and that he has it in him to win domestic honours,” revealed promoter Steve Wood.  “He's in very good shape, is looking great in the gym and if he can perform in the big fights then there's no reason why not.  He'll be fighting for a British Masters belt in Southport and he’s asked for a real test, and a proper sized cruiserweight, and that’s what we’re looking for.  If he wins we'll look to move him on as quickly as possible.”

VIP Promotions present a top-class evening of boxing at the Floral Hall in Southport on February 28.  Fighters from across the North West will be in action including Merseyside's Carl Dilks; Southport's former British title challenger Mike Stafford, and Scott Moonan; Liverpool's Mike Robinson; Oswaldtwistle heavyweight Adam Machaj; and St Helens' Gary Omrod.  Ryan Moorhead and Colin Farricker will both make debuts.

Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £60 (Ringside), are available from all boxers or at vipbe.co.uk

Tags: British Boxing image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Koba-Grozny on 01-28-2014

Explode? This sounds potentially messy and seems unlikely to further ones career.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Katie Taylor Retains WBA Title, Decisions Jessica McCaskill Martin J. Ward Drops, Stops Juli Giner To Capture EBU Title Josh Kelly Drops, Stops Jean Michel Hamilcaro In Six Orlando Salido: Retirement is Over, I'm Coming Back in 2018! Conor Benn Gets Off The Floor, Goes Through Fire To Win Horn: I'll Prove Americans Wrong, Crawford is Someone I Can Beat Photos: Claressa Shields Putting in Work For Title Defense Joshua Buatsi Set For February Return Jessie Vargas vs. Aaron Herrera - Undercard Information Tyson Fury Says He Has Several Options To Secure Boxing License Jake Ball Outpoints Shinkwin: Cheeseman, Cordina Get Wins Crawford: A lot of Holes in Jeff Horn's Game, I'm No Corcoran! Horn Coach: Crawford Beatable, Has Weaknesses We Can Exploit Arum: You Are Crazy To Say Horn Has No Shot To Beat Crawford! Gamal Yafai Gets York Hall Win, Set For Busy 2018 Tyson Fury Has Some Work, Could Reclaim License Next Month Sadam Ali Wants to Stay at 154 Pounds, Defend WBO Title Next Arum: Will Take 'Real Ballsy 130-Pounder' to Fight Lomachenko Kell Brook: My Injuries Were Legit - Rigondeaux Just Quit! Horn Overcomes Cuts to Bloody, Stop Corcoran in 11th Round Parker's Trainer: We Made Compromise - Up To Joshua To Agree! Lee Selby Inks Three-Fight Deal With Frank Warren UK News: Ohara Davies, David Allen, Nicola Adams, Natasha Jonas Alex Leapai To Appeal Technical Draw: Lenny Z, Paul Fleming Win Team Hammer Smile at UKAD Ruling To Reverse Tyson Fury Loss Melindo Vows To Take Down Ryoichi Taguchi in Unification Bout De La Hoya: I Don't Think Anything Can Stop Canelo-GGG Deal Video: Kell Brook Discusses His Ring Return, Injuries, More Caleb Truax: I Worked My Ass Off - Everything Came Together Corcoran to Horn: This Isn't a Head-Butting Contest; Fight Fair! WBA: Rigondeaux Will Be Stripped After Loss To Lomachenko! Photos: Cletus Seldin, Antoine Douglas, O'Sullivan Workouts Video: Billy Joe Saunders Aims To Box Lemieux's Ears Off Haymon Boxing: DeGale Does Have Rematch Clause For Truax Photos: David Lemieux Training For Promised KO of Saunders Lomachenko Manager: Preference is To Unify at 130 Photos: Billy Joe Saunders Putting in Work For David Lemieux Video: David Lemieux Very Pumped To Face Billy Joe Saunders Arum: Dates in March, April on Hold For Crawford's Title Fight Photos: Lucas Matthysse, Mercito Gesta - Los Angeles Presser
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement