Tony Dodson ponders future as Smith wins again
Paul Smith secured the vacant British super-middleweight title by stopping Liverpool rival Tony Dodson in the sixth round
Both Paul Smith and Tony Dodson came into their rematch with most feeling that the loser would have nowhere to go in the sport, with many speculating that retirement loomed for the loser.
The fight was to be for the British super-middleweight title - the famous Lonsdale belt that is so widely coveted. Both fighters have held this title previously and were desperate to regain it.
Paul Smith came into this fight with a record of 32 wins and three losses, including a victory over Dodson in 2010. Since the exciting first fight, Smith has suffered a couple of defeats to two very highly rated young prospects in James Degale and George Groves.
There is no shame in losing to these two boxers who both look set to have great futures. Smith is however unhappy with how he performed against Degale and would love a rematch in the future.
Tony Dodson came into the fight with a record of 29 wins, seven losses and one draw. Dodson is a former British super-middleweight champion and has fought for the Commonwealth title. Dodson, aged 32, is naturally a bigger guy than Smith having fought at light-heavyweight on occasions.
The fight itself was an absolute cracker, with Smith using his superior boxing technique to land clean shots and stay out of trouble initially. The 3rd round was electrifying and one of the best rounds of domestic boxing witnessed for a while.
It started with Smith flooring Dodson with a short left on the inside which Dodson did brilliantly to get up from. Dodson then fought back and had Smith on the back-foot for some of the round as he charged forward.
The fight continued with such excitement but with Smith doing the better work, it was ended when he landed a top-class right hand and referee Richie Davies stepped in to save Dodson from more punishment.
It was a brilliant fight between two men who really wanted to win. Smith had showcased his good natural boxing talent and led to some wondering how far he could go with his second lease of life in the sport.
Smith is technically very good and he is a strong man which is a recipe for success. Following the fight it was obvious to see how much this fight meant to Smith as he dedicated the victory to his trainer, Joe Gallagher.
Smith also said that Gallagher had helped him fall back in love with boxing again and that he wouldn't be sitting there as British champion without Gallagher.
This is high praise for a man who is building a very successful team of boxers including the likes of the Smith brothers, Scott Quigg and Anthony Crolla. Gallagher is a trainer on the rise who shows no signs of slowing.
Smith is now targeting a quick defence of the Lonsdale belt so that he gets to keep it outright. Smith is a likeable character and I wish him all the best. Who knows how far he can go with his second coming as a boxer?
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