By Anthony Cocks
MJA Platinum’s star featherweight Nathaniel ‘Cheeky’ May 20-1 (11) will clash with James ‘Jazza’ Dickson 26-3 (11) for the IBF European title on the #MTKFightNight at the Olympia in Liverpool, UK on July 12 live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank.
The classy May, who is ranked number six by the IBF and number 10 by the WBO at 126-pounds, will be returning to the UK after outpointing Ruslan Berchuk on the #MTKFightNight in Belfast back in October.
“Boxing is massive in the UK so to be back there fighting in a title fight is a big deal for me and I’m really excited,” said the 23-year-old from Bunbury in Western Australia.
“I know Jazza is a crafty southpaw and he knows his way around the ring. I’ve got to respect him because if you don’t respect someone like him, you’re in for a shock.
“This is going to be a great fight for the fans. We can go to war but whatever happens, I’ll be up for the challenge.”
Dickson, a southpaw, unsuccessfully challenged Guillermo Rigondeaux for the WBA super bantamweight title three years ago when he was stopped in the second round.
“I’m buzzing to have momentum and this activity will bring the best out of me when I step in there on the night,” the 28-year-old Liverpudlian said.
“MTK Global has done a great job and have been an absolute pleasure to work with. They’re great for boxing because they’re honest, straight-forward and hard-working.”
“I’ve had a short rest with my family and friends and now we are ready to go again.”
News of a full undercard featuring some of the city’s top talent will be announced in due course.