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Boxing Preview: Liam Dillon (13-0-1, 3 KOs) vs Reece Bellotti (17-5-0, 14 KOs)

Liam Dillon is about to throw down for the Commonwealth Title against Reece Bellotti. This showdown’s happening at The O2’s Indigo, this Saturday, February 10, and it’s getting streamed live on DAZN for the whole world to see.

Dillon, a 28-year-old fighter from Chingford with a clean record of 13-0-1 and 3 KOs, has already nabbed the Southern Area and English titles at 130lbs. Last July, he bagged the British belt in a split decision that had everyone on the edge of their seats, dedicating the win to his late sister Lauren. Now, training under Ross Pearce at RJ’s Boxing Gym in Brentwood, Dillon’s gearing up to take center stage in an Eddie Hearn event against Bellotti, a bloke he’s always rated highly, aiming to add a fourth trophy to his case since he started pro back in April 2017.

Dillon’s all about taking the classic path in boxing, not skipping any steps. He’s won the Southern Area, then the English, fought his way through a Commonwealth Eliminator, and snagged the British title. Now he’s got his sights set on the Commonwealth belt. He’s in top shape, both in his head and his body, buzzing for this chance.

Bellotti, hailing from Watford with a record of 17-5, 14 KOs, previously vied for the British Featherweight Title in December 2018, but came up short in a split decision against Ryan Walsh. Now, five years later and at 33, the former two-time Commonwealth Champion sees a chance to fulfill his childhood dream by taking on Dillon, a formidable opponent from Chingford.

Bellotti respects Dillon’s style and toughness, anticipating an aggressive showdown that will entertain fans. He regards this fight as a pivotal moment in his career, aiming to seize the British Title that has eluded him.

After a setback against Walsh, Bellotti rebounded with victories, including a notable win over Aqib Fiaz, securing the Commonwealth belt. Despite previous defeats, his resilience and ambition remain unshaken, with sights set on more titles and possibly a world title opportunity.

The fight card is stacked with action. Cameron Vuong is stepping into the ring for his fourth pro fight against Ishmael Ellis. Craig Richards is back after a bit, facing off with Boris Crighton. Shannon Ryan is up against Jasmina Zapotoczna for the WBA International Title. John Hedges is taking on Erdogan Kadrija, Jack Oliphant is making his pro debut against Jensen Irving, Ibraheem Sulaimaan is fighting Jordan Patrick Tomosoni, and Emmanuel Odiase is squaring up with Amine Boucetta.

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