Askin set to cruise

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BLACKPOOL boxer Matty Askin believes his strength will be too much for Jon Lewis Dickinson to handle in their big cruiserweight contest tomorrow night.

The pair collide in a 10-rounder for the vacant English championship and an eliminator for Enzo Maccarinelli’s British crown at Oldham Sports Centre.

Their battle, rated in many people’s eyes as a 50-50 contest, is the chief supporting bout on the card topped by Anthony Crolla’s British lightweight title defence against Derry Mathews.

Unbeaten Askin, 23, said: “Dickinson is going to be awkward and try to nick rounds, but he won’t be able to match me for speed and strength.

“He has some impressive wins, but how much will-power and determination will he have when I take it to him from round one?”

Blackpool’s Askin (13-0) has been making daily three-hour round trips from his home to Hatton Health and Fitness in Hyde, sparring many rounds preparing for Geordie Dickinson (10-2).

He added: “I have sparred a ridiculous amount of rounds regularly working with ten to 12 rounds with three different lads.

“It was quality sparring and the lads I used were all ambitious and threw plenty of shots.”

Other contests on the televised bill: Stephen Foster Junior v Jose Antonio Elizabeth (6x3 super-featherweight), Jazza Dickins v Yuri Voronin (6x3 super-bantamweight), Lucas Browne v Paul Butlin (6x3 heavyweight), Adam Little (Kirkham) v Chris Jenkinson (6x3 welterweight), Tommy Stubbs v Gavin Reid (4x3 bantamweight), Ryan Doyle v selected opponent (4x3 featherweight).