When two Tykes go to war

Blackpool boxer Matty Askin training at Absolute Fitness gym on Waterloo Road. PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-10-2010
Blackpool boxer Matty Askin training at Absolute Fitness gym on Waterloo Road. PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-10-2010
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BLACKPOOL cruiserweight Matty Askin will take on Neil Dawson for the Central Area title at Robin Park arnea in Wigan on March 26, in what could be described as a Yorkshire derby played out in Lancashire, writes STEVE SIMPSON.

Askin lives in South Shore but he and his family originate from the Barnsley area.

By coincidence, Dawson hails from South Yorkshire too and his trainer went to the same school as Askin’s father, Stuart. Both fighters will go into the contest with 100 per cent records, though Askin will be favourite.

Dawson had six years out of the fight game before returning earlier this month to beat Mark Lewis at the Metrodome in Barnsley.

Lewis had to retire at the end of the second round with a damaged right shoulder.

Dawson has beaten Blackpool’s Dave Clarke (twice) but that was way back in 2003. He beat another Blackpool fighter, Eamon Glennon, the year before that and also defeated Tony Moran, who includes Mathew Ellis among his victims.

Neither man has been over the ten-round championship distance before but Askin is confident. He said: “We are both unbeaten but there will only be one person with a perfect record at the end of the fight and that is me.”