Liverpool’s Carl Dilks tonight (Friday 18th Dec 09) gets the chance to claim the vacant Commonwealth super-middleweight title, when he takes on Ghanaian former champion Charles Adamu at the York Hall, Bethnal Green.
The 26-year-old former Army squaddie weighed in bang on the 12 stone super-middleweight limit for the fight, despite having just three weeks’ notice.
Dilks has been fighting at light-heavyweight and will step down in weight, but up in class to face Adamu.
Dilks is a natural super-middleweight but moved up a division to take part in the light heavyweight Prizefighter tournament, which was an opportunity he took and was unfortunate not to reach the final, when he was out pointed in the semi against Darren Stubbs in a very controversial decision, the only blemish on his 14-fight record.
The Liverpool man had been declared the winner! and then reversed the decision in a mix up with the scorecards, Stubbs went onto the final to eventually losing to Tony Oakey.
He added: “I’ve always been a super-middleweight but I moved up to light-heavyweight because I got offered the opportunity for Prizefighter, which was a good opportunity for me.
“I never really did that much as an amateur so it was an opportunity to get my name out there and get a bit of publicity.”
Following Dilks’s appearance on Prizefighter in February he went on to fight and beat the tough Billy Boyle for the vacant International Masters title at light-heavyweight in September, won pts10 in an hard fought battle.
Dilks feels his ten rounds with seasoned campaigner Billy Boyle could stand him in good stead for the test to come against former Commonwealth Champion Adamu.
“We know Adamu’s going to have more skill but the same sort of fight scenario has come about,” he continued.
“Adamu is a come forward fighter, he’s tough, he’s going to throw big bombs so mentally it (the Boyle fight) has helped me prepare for this fight.
“I’m in great shape, all fired up and ready to rock and roll,” said fired up Dilks after replenishing his fluids and getting stuck into a hearty bowl of scouse last night.
“The restaurant said it was Irish Stew, but it was scouse and it was delicious. I couldn’t even finish it though – but I’ll finish Adamu tomorrow.”
Adamu is not new to our shores, he won the vacant commonwealth super Middleweight crown at the York hall in 2003 beating Hampshire’s Matthew Barney on points.
He then lost the title to Carl Froch in Nottingham on points referee: Terry O’Connor’s scorecard read 116-114.
The Ghana warrior weighed in at just 11st 8lbs yesterday, just outside of the middleweight championship limit.
And Dilks is determined to take extra motivation from that slip-up. He added: “I’ll be around 12st 9lb by the time I step into the ring tomorrow, once I get the fluids back in me, but I doubt he’ll even get back up to 12 stone.
“Regardless of his weight though I know he’s going to be strong and dangerous for the first half of the fight. It’s up to me to nullify his strength and take him past six rounds, that’s when I believe I’ll take over.”
“I’m very fit and confident and more than anything else I know what winning this fight would mean to my life and the lives of my young family.
“Winning the Commonwealth title would open so many doors and I’m going to take this chance with both hands. Leave it all in the ring.”
Carl Dilks has a chance to step up in class here and catapult himself right into the super Middleweight picture domestically and a derby affair with fellow scouser and British super Middleweight champion Paul Smith. But dealing with Adamu will not be plain sailing and Dilks needs to raise his game to the next level. If he can find that little bit extra in the second half of the fight and begin to push Adamu back, I believe Liverpool FC Fan Dilks can become the new Commonwealth champion in a hard fought decision. By: Chris Maylett
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