Dronfield’s Rod takes on boxing’s ‘thinker’ in Liverpool

Rod Smith beats Walter Osvaldo Gaston Calvo
Rod Smith beats Walter Osvaldo Gaston Calvo

Rod Smith puts his unbeaten record on the line against a fighter with an better CV, a week tomorrow.

The Dronfield middleweight (7+0) challenges Tom Doran (15+0) at the Echo Arena Liverpool in a 10-rounder.

Doran won the TV Prizefigher competition in February, taking home with him a £32,000 cheque. And since then he stopped Mike Byles at the Liverpool stadium in five rounds.

It is a big challenge for 24-year-old Smith - but he is as tough as they come and stopped his last opponent Walter Calvo in two rounds, in July.

Twenty-eight year old Doran, from Connahs Way, Wales, is determined to build on the reputation forged by his Prizefighter win and believes he has a comprehensive skill set. “I am a bit of an all rounder. I can box on the back foot, I am not really an aggressive fighter, I am more of a thinker” he told instantboxing.com

“Throughout my career, if somebody catches me and hurts me, they usual regret it in the end. I come back with more fire. There has been times when I have been hit and I don’t even know where I am but I keep fighting, so the heart is definitely there.”

Doran believes a win over the rugged Sheffield-born Smith would help him towards his goal of winning the British title.

“I want that British title on my fire-place. It’s the nicest belt I think that there is out of any of them. After that, I would love to go as far as I possibly can do.”

‘Razor’ Smith has been sparring at Carl Greaves’ gym in Newark, a camp attended by Carson Jones, twice a beaten challenger against current Sheffield world champion Kell Brook. Smith says the Doran contest will be his biggest fight since turning pro three years ago.

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