Livingston’s Thomas Dickson revealed his parents weren’t at Meadowbank on Saturday night to see the lightweight boxer claim his first win as a professional boxer.
After agreeing a contract with MGM Scotland promoter Sam Kynoch in September, Dickson revealed he had to wait until the age of 21 before contesting his first amateur fight as his parents had banned him from taking up the sport as a kid.
However, now 25, Dickson says the wait was more than worth it as he soaked up the atmosphere of a raucous Meadowbank to deliver a composed points win over Englishman Kristian Laight.
“My mum text me beforehand but they never came so I just don’t think they have it in them to come and watch,” said Dickson, who trains at Leith Victoria Boxing Gym. “I think they’re too scared to be honest! I’ll go round and see them this week though and tell them all about it.
“It felt unreal to be in there and I can’t describe how amazing it was. It sounded as if there were 10000 backing me, not 2000, it was incredible.
“Sam deserves a lot of credit as he’s put on another fantastic show, everybody’s talking about it and it’s only going to get bigger and better and I am delighted to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get back out there next year.”
Despite being a newcomer to the pro ranks, Dickson believes he will continue to go from strength to strength under the stewardship of MGM.
“He was an experienced guy but I won every round so it’s on to bigger and better things from here,” he said. “I knew what he had to bring but I felt really comfortable out there and enjoyed myself. I’ve now been given that platform by MGM.
“I hated the amateurs if I’m being honest as it was too quick for me. I had more time to pick my shots in there. I spar ten or 12 rounds in the gym and going into longer-distance fights, it’s going to show.”