Shane McPhilbin will attempt to win back a title he believes is
rightfully his tomorrow night.
The Nottinghamshire man takes on Jon Lewis Dickinson for the
vacant British cruiserweight crown at Liverpool's Echo Arena, but
if things had have been different back in March he'd still have the
Lonsdale belt in his possession.
After defeating Leon Williams to win the bauble in January,
McPhilbin defended against former WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli in
a contest which soon descended into farce.
McPhilbin knocked the Welshman down with a left hand in the
opening session and seemed to be heading to stoppage victory when
the action resumed, only for the bell to ring 47 second early.
Maccarinelli recovered to win the fight on points, but later
failed a drugs test for methylhexaneamine, a dietary supplement
which appears on WADA's banned substance list.
"The fight should have gone down as a no contest because he took
a substance that was illegal and helped him win the fight,"
McPhilbin told HattonBoxing.
"Regardless of what happened with the 47 seconds, that makes the
result a joke.
"It did my head in at first but I've got over it now and all my
focus is on the fight in front of me and not in the past.
"I should still have the British belt and hopefully come
Saturday night it'll be back in the rightful owner's hands.
"The British belt is one of the best in world. It's beautiful
and it looks even better around my waist (laughs)".
McPhilbin, who has spent some time training with the
23rd Pioneer Regiment in Bicester, admits he hasn't seen
much of Dickinson but still feels confident that he has the North
East boxer's number.
"I only know him from when he boxed one of my mates, Tyrone
Wright, who he ended up losing to because of a damaged eye, but he
looks like a good stand-up boxer who likes to come forwards," he
"I think I've got the tools and I don't think he'll be ready for
what I've got to offer."
However, despite him being the former champion McPhilbin is
considered to be the underdog in this contest. It's a position
which he's been in before and doesn't faze him.
"When I won the British title everyone thought I was going to be
punchbag and Leon Williams would blow me away in one round," he
"But I went down there to do the business and that's what I'm
going to do again on Saturday."
By Andrew Wake