Boxing: Dronfield’s Rod back in the ring

Rod Smith
Rod Smith

Rod Smith is heading back into boxing - after briefly falling out of love with the sport.

The Dronfield middleweight started to move up the rankings after beating Sheffield’s Liam Cameron in December 2013.

But he was put on the canvas by Max Maxwell in the first round of his next fight, eventually going to win and moving his record to W6 L0.

But Smith left the area to work on road construction in London and has been out of the boxing scene since that points win in February.

Smith, 23, said: “I was scheduled to box Mark Heffron (Oldham, W9 L0) but he pulled out because of tonsillitis. That was annoying because the deal was I would take his ranking if I won.

“I don’t want to just fight journeymen; I can’t get up for fights like that. But next week I will be back at Spire Gym and hoping to organise another fight.”

* Barnsley’s Ben Wager has a huge challenge tonight; he faces unbeaten scouser Tom Stalker on the televised Tyson Fury undercard at Manchester Arena.

* Luke Campbell MBE and Callum Smith will make their American debuts on the undercard Kell Brook’s IBF Welterweight World title clash with Shawn Porter at the StubHub Center in California on August 16.

Olympic gold medal star Campbell and unbeaten Liverpool talent Smith both claimed wins in Liverpool in July, with Campbell moving to 6-0 and Smith gaining valuable rounds in his 12th fight, defending his WBC International Super Middleweight title against Vladine Biosse over ten rounds, landing a wide points victory.

“I’m delighted to be able to get Luke and Callum their first taste of action in America as pros,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“I believe both fighters will be a real hit with both fans and pundits across the pond and I expect that they will both return there in the future in World title fights. It’s all part of the development of our great young fighters. New experiences, new atmospheres, all part of making then the finished articles. It’s also a great bonus for Kell’s travelling fans to see two rising stars from Britain perform on such a massive stage.”