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BOXING promoter Steve Wraith is ready to do his bit to help Jon-Lewis Dickinson defend his British cruiserweight title in Newcastle.

The Birtley fighter won the belt in Liverpool last week with a unanimous decision over Shane McPhilbin.

Afterwards he said he wanted to defend it in Newcastle.

Even before Dickinson had the belt around his waist, rookie promoter Wraith had already volunteered to help the dream become reality.

He said: "I am trying to make inroads to stage that fight.

"Being involved in a fight like that would be a massive jump, but I think I have shown with my other events, like the Entertainers game at which we had 10,000, that I can handle big events.

"I would love to do it but it is something which would have to be hammered out with Frank Maloney (Dickinson's promoter).

"I spoke to Jon before he beat Shane McPhilbin, but there are no hard feelings if I am not involved."

Wraith's professional debut was only last month, when he hosted the first major show in the city since Amir Khan was here in December 2009.

Wraith will be back at the 02 Academy next month for a second bite of the cherry.

Until then his only experience had been in whitecollar boxing, talk-ins and exhibition football matches - like the one which reunited Kevin Keegan's Entertainers with their Liverpool counterparts at Kingston Park.

Khan's WBA world lightwelterweight bout with Dmitry Salita was the sixth big fightnight at Newcastle Arena in 10 years.

Since then, though, big-time boxing has given the city the swerve, with the likes of Sunderland and Houghton-le-Spring's Rainton Meadows Arena taking their share of the North East fights in recent times.

Wraith added: There are not many venues in Newcastle which could do the Dickinson fight.

"I would hope it would be at the O2 (Academy) but there are also Sports Central and the Arena, although I don't think you could hold the Dickinson fight there.

"You would need to get a big name to fill it.

"Maloney is a top promoter and it is up to him how he wants to do it and who he wants to do it with, but I will certainly let him know I'm able to deliver.

"These are exciting times in the North East with Phil Jeffries and Dave Garside pushing for Martin Ward's (British bantamweight) title fight at Rainton Meadows Arena.

"Having them and me means there are twice the number of shows for North East fighters."

Maloney is one of the big names Wraith has taken soundings from as the fanzine editor and Newcastle United fan mouthpiece looks to branch into professional boxing.

Another was Mike Tyson, who he tapped up for advice when the boxing legend was on Tyneside for one of his talk-ins this month.

"Iron Mike" left Wraith in no doubt about what he was getting himself into.

He said: "Boxing is the only business where everything is not totally on top of the table.

"It can turn the most scrupulous man into a thief.

"It is such a cold business.

You have to make sure you come out on top of it because everyone will try to take advantage of you.

"You have to be the judge, jury and executioner.

"If you are not tough, they will eat you alive. It is pretty cutthroat."


TYNESIDE TARGET Steve Wraith is hoping to get Jon-Lewis Dickinson's (above) title fight in Newcastle. Below: Dickinson's promoter Frank Maloney
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 23, 2012
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