Rhiannon Dixon: Manchester & Beyond
It’s been a year of frustration for the unbeaten Warrington lightweight prospect Rhiannon Dixon.
Potential fight dates have come and gone, fight camps completed without the financial compensation they badly need. The day job as a pharmacist, was put on hold, hours reduced, as the focus returned to boxing. Money and sweat sacrificed in the search for glory in the sweet science.
In many ways, it’s been a time of change for Dixon. The changes started last year, a change in gyms and now being trained by the former world champion Anthony Crolla, has given Dixon plenty. The development has been swift, top quality sparring with the likes of Natasha Jonas and Chantelle Cameron will do that.
There was no amateur experience, only a handful of White-Collar fights, but even then, the potential was obvious. Turning professional was a natural progression.
Two wins, before the pandemic knocked out much of the world’s normality, showed glimpses of a highly promising career.
Dixon would have seen many horrors on the Covid wards in her day job, the passion for boxing dimmed for something far more important.
But when life returned to something like it once was, Dixon started to reignite that fire for her sport.
With no fight since late 2019, Dixon had ring rust to eliminate, in September, the process began. A routine win in Bolton got Dixon back on track, and promised far more.
With such a limited ring resume, Dixon has still managed to gather much momentum. Many in the know rate Dixon extremely highly, Eddie Hearn came calling, Crolla says she could be a potential star. He might be right.
The Matchroom career should have started in Liverpool on the recent Liam Smith Anthony Fowler undercard, but when the intended opponent dropped out the day before the fight, Dixon was yet again left on the outside looking in. Another cruel twist for a fighter who just wants to fight.
But on December 18th in Manchester, Dixon gets what she craves. Derek Chisora lands yet another rematch, this time with recent conqueror Joseph Parker, Dixon will play a supporting role on the undercard.
Dixon has plenty of hype around her, and hopefully, all the frustration is now a thing of the past. With her sport continuing to thrive, Dixon could be a fighter in the right place at the right time.