Title-winning Rotherham boxer bows out with a host of memories

Neil Dawson (right) competes for the British title
Neil Dawson (right) competes for the British title

Neil Dawson says he will take a wealth of memories into retirement.

The Thrope Hesley cruiserweight only fought 15 pro contests over 12 years but won Central Area and WBO International titles and competed for the Lonsdale belt and in TV’s Prizefighter competition.

“I can’t tell you which is my favourite memory, there has been that many, but maybe fighting Matty Askin (Wigan; 2011) and taking him an unbeaten fighter who was number one in Britain at the time the wire. Then there was beating Menay Edwards at York Hall (2012) or the (first round KO) win over Tony Conquest at London’s Excel Arena (also 2012.)

“It has been brilliant, I have been boxing since I was a kid and these were big shows by any standard” said the 34-year-old.

“So many memories- like the night I beat Chris Keane at Walsall (WBO defence.) He was the local lad, the place was full of his fans and I had to ring my Mrs up to get the car and meet me at the door. I had the belt on my shoulder, a few grand in my pocket and had to dash into the car and get out of the place!”