Sheffield fighter Liam goes back to old gym after losing to Dronfield rival

Liam Cameron has quit the Ingle gym as he seeks to rebuild his career.

The Sheffield middleweight was devastated after losing to Dronfield rival Rod Smith at iceSheffield in December.

Rod Smith beating Liam Cameron

Rod Smith beating Liam Cameron

It was a third defeat out of 18 fights for the former ABA champ who was tipped to have a title winning professional career.

Cameron decided to make the change following his loss, and is moving back to his first gym in the city: Unity, under trainers Chris Smedley and Steve Barnes.

Cameron, 23, left Clinton Woods’ training regime after losing to Jez Wilson in 2012 and is determined to get his career back on track.

He said: “I thought about packing the sport in after losing to Rod. I don’t blame the Ingles, it was all my fault.

“They are the best gym there is and I thank them for what they have done.

“But I want to go back to my roots. I used to knock good quality sparring partners over like skittles and I want to get back to that.

“For me to be changed (in style) was confusing. I moved too much against Rod. People know I can dance like Billy Elliot but I can whack and I didn’t show that punching power. If I had I’d have gained Rod’s respect early on and it would have been different.”

He added: “Chris worked with me when I was younger and he will give me that spark back.”

Cameron said he had “cringed” watching the Smith fight back. “My game plan was wrong. I felt like the away fighter in my own city. It was shocking. But going back to Chris I will be a big fish in a small pond and can go back to basics and get plenty of attention.”

The Manor Park middleweight said he’d love to take on Smith again, or another Dronfield fighter Lewis Taylor. “When I am at my best I am leagues above both of them.”