Rhiannon Dixon Moves To 4-0
At the top of the card it was a battle for heavyweight relevance, career survival even. But tonight’s final Matchroom show of the year was opened by a fighter at the embryonic stages of her career.
Rhiannon Dixon enhanced her career to 4-0 with an emphatic 60-54 points decision over previous victim Vaida Masiokaite.
Dixon can be excused for being a little to overeager at times, and wanting to impress her new audience, but nevertheless she can be extremely pleased with her first appearance under the bright lights of DAZN.
For much of the week it looked like a case of deja vu for Dixon. The Matchroom debut should have come on the Smith/Fowler card in Liverpool, but when no replacement opponent could be found when a fight with the intended opponent didn’t materialise, Dixon was pulled off the card the day before her scheduled fight. And it looked like a repeat performance in Manchester for much of fight week.
When Paola Pamela Benavidez withdrew for Covid reasons, Dixon was left playing the waiting game once again, until Masiokaite stepped in to save her night. Masiokaite is one of the sports unsung heroes, the type of which save many a show with little or no recognition from the masses.
The win over Masiokaite moves Dixon quite nicely to what lies ahead in 2022. The improvement under Anthony Crolla is obvious, the once raw talent now more than a little refined.
The early part of the year brought plenty of frustration, fights cancelled, training without reward was hard and left her feeling her chance would never come. But the Matchroom hook up will give her the opportunities she needs and deserves. Many are expecting big things of Dixon. They might have a point.
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