Rod Smith had a message for ring rival Liam Cameron today: “Friday is going to be hell for you.”
The Dronfield middleweight takes on Sheffielder Cameron at iceSheffield, both determined to claim local bragging rights.
Smith is super-confident of victory, even though he has only had four pro fights, none of them longer than four rounds. Cameron has been used to six, eight and 10 rounders over his 17 fights and doesn’t think he will have too much difficulty overcoming Smith to claim the International Masters title.
But speaking on video, at thestar.co.uk, Smith said: “I throw a lot of punches, I am strong, Physically I can handle (opponents) I wear them down, so the longer the fight, it is going to be hell for Liam. From the sixth round onwards he is really going to regret fighting me.
“I have been studying him and worked all his weaknesses out, he’s got a few. And I will be looking to exploit them. He has only lost twice, but it’s the way he has been beaten. Apart from them two he has been fighting journeymen. He hasn’t really stepped up, he is stepping up when he fights me.”
Smith plans to use Cameron as a springboard to bigger fights. “Liam is ranked in the top 20 so it is a big scalp for me. Hopefully when I do a number on him, it will put me in picture for the bigger fights and better titles for the future.”
Smith, who has worked as a cleaner to support his boxing career, certainly does not seem fazed by Friday’s confrontation with a boxer who says he has improved under the stewardship of the Ingles. “I love fighting and I like challenges. As long as I am challenging myself it is all worthwhile.”
Cameron is better known than Smith, but the Derbyshire man will have a decent vocal backing on the night.
“I have got a lot of Chesterfield fans, people in Sheffield know me, Rotherham know me, so come fight night I should have a nice following.”
n Kell Brook was “shocked and gutted” at Devon Alexander’s defeat by Shawn Porter, last weekend. Brook has been building up for a fight with Alexander for what seems an age - but must now move his focus to Porter, the IBF’s new world champion.
Brook clearly had not been expecting the result and tweeted: “This boxing game is crazy!”
The Sheffield fighter now must wait to find out when he and Porter can meet - Brook is mandatory challenger.
Brook was in Germany for the Barker v Sturm fight last Saturday. Speaking to iFL TV, he said: “I have been ticking over in the gym; we’ll have 90 days to make the fight. When I get back from Germany, I’ll be having two sessions a day, getting back on the diet.
“I have put a few pounds on, I need to knock that right off, get everything back in order.”