Dixon demolishes Toms in a round to win first belt

Dixon demolishes Toms in a round to win first belt

Last night was a short shift of work for Tony Dixon (6-0, 2KO) in Merthyr Tydfil as he collected the first belt of his career in thunderous fashion.

The natural welterweight was stepping up seven pounds to tackle Middlesex’s Ryan Toms (14-13-2, 8KO), a two-time Southern Arena super-welterweight champion.

Dixon, known as ‘The Welsh Terrier’, required less than one round to dispatch of Toms, who suffered the sixth inside-the-distance defeat at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre.

In doing so, Dixon won the British Challenge belt – a new eight round championship that has been introduced by the British Promoter’s Association. While not fully recognised by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC), the belts are allowed and enable small-hall shows to have more meaningful bouts.

The bout was the Chief Support for Sanigar Events’ ‘Valleys Fighter’ non-televised show and Dixon thrived on the occasion, despite it being just his second fight in 20 months.

Dixon, who trains in his hometown of Mountain Ash with Paul Paveltish, began cautiously in the initial exchanges. The Welshman circled his southpaw opponent, pouncing with quick flurries if Toms overreached but Dixon didn’t get greedy, retreating to the edges of the ring after he got his shots off.

The stalking Toms seemed intent on walking Dixon down while prodding and poking his way through. When the visitor did throw something substantial, it proved to be his undoing. After landing a flush left uppercut, Toms held his feet and Dixon made him pay for staying in range.

The final installment of a three-punch combination, a straight right, rocked Toms on to his heels and he staggered to the ropes of the neutral corner. Giving Toms no time to recover, Dixon piled on the pressure and his two-fisted follow up attack forced Toms to the canvas. He did rise to his feet but it was on the count of ten and referee Reece Carter correctly waved the fight off.

When recovering on his stool, Toms informed the ringside doctor that he suffered an injury to his hamstring.