Boxing: Dronfield’s ‘Razor’ Rod back at the cutting edge

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Rod Smith’s career looked like it was going places after beating much-fancied Sheffield fighter Liam Cameron in 2013.

But ‘Razor’ Rod’s plans lost their sharpness pretty quickly after that.

07.02.2014. Sheffield, England'Rod Smith Vs Max Maxwell 'Middleweight Contest

07.02.2014. Sheffield, England'Rod Smith Vs Max Maxwell 'Middleweight Contest

He’s had one fight since, a six rounds points victory, and that in February last year.

But now he’s on his way back - and swears he’s found his cutting edge again.

The Dronfield middleweight (6+0) takes on an as yet unnamed Argentinian at Norton’s Double Tree by Hilton Hotel a week on Saturday (July 18.) He shares the evening with Adam Etches.

“I had a year out and fell out of love with boxing” Smith confessed.

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“I’ve done it since I was eight. There came a time when I needed to take a backward step.”

Smith failed to make weight for one planned fight, parted company with his manager, before eventually signing up with matchmaker Richard Poxon. “Touch wood things are going better. I beat Max Maxwell (iceSheffield; his last fight) and everybody knew I hadn’t trained for it because my head wasn’t on it, there were other things on my mind.

“But I still put up a good performance; I won every round. I needed a break and came back stronger. I am hungry for it and I can’t wait to get back in.”

Smith concedes he will be ‘rusty’ against his south American opponent, who he says has won 12 out of 18. “I have trained harder than I have in ages. But it will take me a couple of rounds to figure him out, but I’m sure with the talent that I have got after two or three rounds I’ll be looking to take him out. I am ready to take bigger kids on. I believe I can go and win titles” said the 21-year-old.

“I will fight anyone anywhere. But I’ll leave it in Richard’s hands. He’ll get me the right fight at the right time. Whoever he gets, I am going to wipe the floor with him.”

Smith believes Etches will bounce back after his loss to Sergey Khomitsky. ““Etches knows his mistake. He looks a lot better in training. His head is on it. I expect him to step up to the mark.”

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