Stephen Simmons sure he’ll retain WBC title tonight

Stephen Simmons. Picture: John Devlin
Stephen Simmons. Picture: John Devlin
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Capital boxer Stephen Simmons says he’ll have too much in his locker for opponent Jon-Lewis Dickinson when they clash at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle tonight.

Simmons, 30, defends his WBC International Silver cruiserweight title against the Englishman on Matchroom Boxing’s Geordie Roar show with Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua due to top the bill on Tyneside.

But Simmons, who recently split from manager Alex Morrison to sign a deal with MGM out in Marbella, is predicting the contest won’t last the full ten rounds. “I think my workrate and my power will tell and a stoppage is probably what will happen,” Simmons said. “But, if it goes the distance and I win on points, fair enough. I don’t really care how I win.

“I see myself at the top of the tree in terms of the division. I am somebody people who hold the titles don’t want to fight. I am definitely up there but I have my mind firmly on doing a job and then moving on from there.”

Simmons did throw some praise in his opponent’s direction but firmly believes his strength and athleticism gives him the advantage.

“Jon-Lewis Dickinson is all right at what he does but I find him very one-paced. He has my utmost respect and I have a job to do and that is what I am looking forward to doing.

“His strength is probably his movement and his weakness is probably his workrate, but he isn’t able to take a decent shot, as we have seen in his last couple of fights. We will see how he takes my power,” Simmons added.