Dronfield boxer Rod ‘The Razor’ Smith believes his recent success will be the springboard for greater things.
The 22-year-old, who trains at Spire Boxing Academy, fought his way to the International Middleweight Masters title in December in front of a packed out crowd at iceSheffield.
Smith overcame the odds to beat Steel City’s own Liam Cameron on points over ten energy-sapping rounds to take the unmanned belt and preserve his 100 per cent record.
He has won five from five since he made the step up to professional boxing in 2012 and the win has propelled him up the rankings.
He said: “I trained hard for that as I knew I was going up against a good man. I was not expected to win but believed in myself and got the job done.
“I came forward and went straight into it. I felt good and backed myself. I went out and followed a game plan, which saw him run around the ring to tire himself out.
“He was saying he was going to knock me out, but I kept my head and it came off perfectly. It was a proud moment for me and a door opener for bigger things.”
The more experienced Cameron has since hinted at a re-match but Smith has set his sights on bigger targets.
“He is talking about it but he has got nothing to bring to the table,” said Smith.
“He needs to get a belt first. I’m looking at the bigger picture. There are bigger and better fighters out there.
“There are a few boxers out there who want a shot at the title but I will not fight anyone out there who’s not worthy.”
Smith, a Chesterfield FC fan, walked out in front of nearly 6,000 fellow Spireites on Boxing Day at the Proact.
He started back-up training last week as he prepares for a tune-up fight on Friday, February 7.
His day begins at little past 5am with a ten-mile run around Dronfield followed by another two gym sessions, including time on the pads.
It’s fair to say he’s dedicated and the recent success has served to only whet his appetite for more titles. He added: “I want more titles and everything that goes with it.”