BOXER Carl Dickens is determined to learn from his mistakes as he goes in search of a crucial victory against Polish opponent Robert Studzinski which could reignite his dream of landing the British Challenge Belt.
The Wallop suffered an agonising one-point defeat to Maidenhead’s Sam Wall in his first crack at the belt in May – only his second professional loss and a setback which Redditch’s Dickens admits left him contemplating retiring from the sport.
However, the 32-year-old middleweight told the Standard he is now fully focused on defeating 39-year-old Llanelli-based Studzinski at Villa Park on Saturday, September 10 in what will be his tenth professional bout.
“I’m not going to lie, I was gutted after losing that last fight but now I’m right on back and track and absolutely raring to go. I’ve been told a win in this fight could set me up for another crack at the British Challenge Belt so I’ve got to go out and there and give it everything,” said Dickens.
“I was left with some regrets after the last fight. I didn’t box badly but made a few wrong decisions and looking back I didn’t push hard enough in the final round. The referee told me before the final round that there was nothing in it and I had to give it everything I had and to be honest I didn’t do myself justice.
“This is going to be a tough fight, without a doubt. He’s a hard man and has knocked people out before, but he’s an orthodox pressure fighter like myself and that suits me.
“I’ve been inspired by my fellow Redditch boxer Andrew Robinson fighting in an eliminator for a Commonwealth title. I’ve come too far to give up now and it’s time to deliver.”
Dickens, who grew up in Winyates, has been putting in the hard hours to ensure he is in tip-top condition for the Holte Suite bout, including swimming, running, padwork and sessions with sports massage physiotherapist Wayne Davis.
In addition, he has again been sparring with the likes of Sam Eggington, Drew Brown and Lee Jones and talented amateurs in a bid to make sure no stone is left unturned.
“This is a big few months for me in my life now,” said Dickens.
“I get married in Cyprus in October and I want to go out there with a win under my belt and with that chance to fight for the British Challenge Belt again.”
Fans are once again getting behind Dickens in their numbers, although he has one table and a few standard tickets remaining for anyone still looking to watch the fight. Fans will be able to watch the Gennady Golovkin versus Kell Brook match on a big screen at the venue after Dickens’ bout.
Dickens, who trains at Eastside ABC in Small Heath, would like to thank his sponsors Passion VIP, IDM Electrical, Third Party Solutions, Frielco Driving School, S Moss Building & Roofing and KJF Training Ltd.