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Boxing: I'LL HAVE 'EM BY THE SHORT AND CURLEYS; BOXING SPOTLIGHT Shrink breathes new life into Dickson.

Byline: BY CHRIS ROBERTS

GLASWEGIAN Craig Dickson has raided the Kevin McIntyre camp to enlist the help of shrink Alan Curley to resurrect his career like he did for his fellow Scot - and stop him going crazy.

The 29-year-old welterweight embarks on a surreal experience on Saturday when the brutal but entertaining Prizefighter gets under way in London.

Sky TV broadcast the event but bookies reckon Dickson won't be on the screen for long, making him a 16-1 shot to snatch the pounds 25,000 prize money, with European champion Ted Bami the big favourite.

The Scot, who has a pro record of four defeats and one draw in 15 fights, begins his campaign against Michael Lomax who beat him on points in January.

But Dickson is a different animal now after turning to top hypnotist and psychologist Curley, who convinced McIntyre he could become British champion.

He said: "Look what Alan Curley did for Kevin McIntyre. He turned his future around and I'm convinced he will do that for me.

"I wanted to do too much in the past. I wanted to please the crowd, rather than win, which was crazy. But with all the experience I've gained and with Alan on my side I'm now on the up.

"My No.1 priority should be trying to win instead of putting on a show.

"Just look what happened to Kevin McIntyre. He waited 12 years to get his rewards and and I hope Curley can make that same difference to me.

"Kevin's doing great and I want to get to where he's at."

Dickson thinks this weekend's series of fights at the sold-out York Hall show could be the start of big things for him which could result in a British title showdown with Paisley postman McIntyre who fights Kell Brook later this month.

He said: "I wouldn't say this is my last chance but things have to start for me really soon.

"I love boxing and regardless of what happens on Saturday I want to keep going in this sport and enjoying it.

"That's the thing about this weekend. There is a big buzz about it because you are fighting esteemed guys so that has givenme extra edge. Ted Bami and guys like that are the top men so that gives you an extra lift and I'm determined to take this chance and show I'm up there.

"I'm just bordering on that level. In this division there are about 80 fighters battling it out so it's tough.

"But the British or Commonwealth championship is for me and I am not far away. I definitely think with my experience I can do that."

The pounds 25,000 pay cheque is also a big incentive this weekend, especially as he and his wife Karen are expecting their second child soon.

Dickson said: "I want to use Saturday as the springboard to great things. I've made mistakes, who hasn't? But I'm here to show I still have a big career in boxing."

He could have three fights on the night if he lifts the top prize and said: "It's physically tough but it's mentally brutal because you go from one opponent to the other.

"But if Michael thinks the old Craig Dickson will turn up then he's in for a big surprise. I'm going to be pleased if he thinks he's going to walk all over me.

"He's going to be thinking it's easy and I hope he is looking past me because that will be to my advantage."

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EYES ON THE PRIZEFIGHTERS: Scotland's Craig Dickson, right, squares up to his opponent Michael Lomax
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 23, 2008
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