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THIS TIME IT'S FOR REAL; Former sparring partners Dilks and Adeniyi go head to head at the Olympia.

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THIS TIME IT'S FOR Former sparring partners Dilks and REAL Adeniyi go head to head at the Olympia FORMER Dilks and Wayne Adeniyi fight for real tomorrow night in a clash for the Central Area title.

FORMER sparring partners Carl Dilks and Wayne Adeniyi fight for real tomorrow night in a clash for the Central Area title.

are convinced they have what it takes to walk away from Liverpool's Olympia with the belt.

And both the cruiserweights are convinced they have what it takes to walk away from Liverpool's Olympia with the belt. Dilks and Adeniyi top promoter Steve Wood's show which also showcases a number of Merseyside's best up and coming young fighters.

moter Steve Wood's show which also showcases a number of Merseyside's best up and coming young fighters.

But it is the showdown between the hardened Dilks and skilled prospect Adeniyi that is the main draw on Saturday.

between the hardened Dilks and skilled prospect Adeniyi that is the main draw on Saturday.

Dilks (18-6) has operated at a higher level than his Rock Ferry rival having boxed for Commonwealth and English titles at super-middleweight earlier in his career and says he is a step above his opponent.

higher level than his Rock Ferry rival having boxed for Commonwealth and English titles at super-middleweight earlier in his career and says he is a step above his opponent.

But the unbeaten Adeniyi, a former amateur star with Vauxh all Motors ABC, believes he has what it takes to see off Dilks and gives his career a shot in the arm.

former amateur star with Vauxh all Motors ABC, believes he has what it takes to see off Dilks and gives his career a shot in the arm.

Dilks admits he may not get many more title opportunities if he fails to defeat Adeniyi this weekend and insists he is a dif-different animal up at cruiser.

many more title opportunities if he fails to defeat Adeniyi this weekend and insists he is a different animal up at cruiser.

"It is a crossroads fight," Dilks said.

said.

"I've fallen a bit short everytime I've stepped up. I know that but I also feel that I have been unlucky at times in my career.

"Things could've gone a lot better but I have been unlucky.

"But I'm 31 now and I know I am not going to get many more opportunities."

Adeniyi added: "Dilksy is a major step up in class, he's a domestic gatekeeper but I was a cracking amateur, have sparred all the top lads and know what I'm capable of."

A fight between the pair has been mooted for some time and Dilks said it took little negotiation with Wood to arrange the Merseyside derby.

"I phoned Steve Wood and said to him that instead of putting me in a six or eight rounder then why not make a fight between me and Wayne," explained Dilks.

"Steve said that Wayne would take that no problem.

"Hopefully I can win this and then get an eliminator or a shot at the British or Commonwealth title."

"Sparring is sparring but fighting is different so I don't think we can take into account what happened in sparring," he added. "But I would say that I don't think he's bringing anything new to the table from what I've already seen.

"Wayne won't have anything I can't deal with.

"He's changed trainers but I don't think he will have changed his style too much.

"But I am under no illusions that this will be a tough fight. Wayne is a tough, game lad who can take a shot and give one.

"But I think boxing is about levels and I feel as though I am a level above him."

Adeniyi (9-0), who has been out of the ring for over a year believes he deserves credit for jumping straight back into a title fight with Dilks.

"He's way more experienced than me as a pro, and I respect that," Adeniyi, who is trained by George Schofield, said.

"I've been out of the ring for a long while and have only boxed nine four rounders in my career so to come straight back against a seasoned pro like Dilksy is a statement of intent about where I think I'm capable of going."

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Date:Dec 5, 2014
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