Dodge hopes his fight with Carr will make people 'realise' who he is
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Dean Dodge feels his Southern Area super-featherweight title fight with Danny Carr will give him the opportunity to put his name “out there on the big stage” and make people “realise” who he is.
Saturday's meeting in Bolton will be Dodge’s first bout since overcoming Sean Davis in Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Taunton last February.
He said: "It’s been way too long, it’s been a frustrating year for me, not just in the ring, outside the ring. It’s just been a hard year for everyone.
“I just can’t wait to get in there and do business. I honestly can’t wait.
“It’s been over a year since I boxed and I can’t wait to get in there and just get back to winning ways and grab this title. It’s going to mean so much to me.”
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Both fighters go into the contest unbeaten with Carr picking up 11 wins and one draw in his 12 fights, including four knockouts, while Dodge has nine wins, one draw and three knockouts from his 10 bouts, including winning the last seven in a row.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Dodge has had a thorough training programme in place, where he has trained with coach Dean Lewis and met fighters like Joe Cordina and Billy Joe Saunders.
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And all of this has given Dodge huge motivation ahead of taking on Carr at the University of Bolton Stadium on Friday.
He added: “I’ve been watching a few tapes to get an insight into him. I know Danny is a progressive, come forward fighter so it’s going to be a good fight to watch.
“I’ve gone away to London sparring away from my comfort zone, I’ve gone over to Wales sparring.
“I’ve been preparing really well for this fight and I’ve been getting really good sparring and the level of sparring we’ve been getting has been so much better than my opponent.
“I’ll bring the full package, I’ve been training really hard for this fight, going away and getting some really good sparring in the MTK performance centre with Lee McGregor, he’s fighting for a European title, he’s a current British and World champion and I’m mixing it with him and he’s going to make me go into this fight with a lot of confidence.”
Dodge has also had three new sponsors come on board for his fight, including Sawdust, Protein Planet and Blue Flame of South West, as well as his current ones in Penmill Scaffolding, Camelot Builders Paragon Cleaning Services The T Shirt Shop Weston and All Sport Insurance.
And with the fight being shown live on TV, Dodge will go into the bout with no fear, living out his childhood dream.
“I want to thank my sponsors because without them nothing would be possible,” he said.
“There’s no pressure for me, he’s a champion, he’s signed by MTK, all those things. It’s a win-win situation I can’t lose.
“I’m thriving, this is my opportunity to put my name out there on the big stage and I want people to realise who I am.
“Fighting on the big stage under MTK and live on ESPN, it’s going to be seen by thousands of people, it’s just what I’ve dreamt as a kid fighting on the big stage against champions and winning titles.”