FORMER world champion Clinton Woods believes he is training a modern day version of himself, in Liam Cameron.
The 21-year-old middleweight is evolving into a top-flight prospect and will lift his first title on Saturday if he defeats fellow Sheffielder Jez Wilson at Don Valley stadium.
While the Central Area title is a long way off the IBF belt worn with pride by Woods, everybody has to start somewhere.
And Cameron may be starting to show signs of following Woods’ footsteps.
“There are similarities between the way Liam is starting to go and the way I was during some spells of my boxing career” says Woods, who took on the likes of Roy Jones Jr, Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson.
“Maybe he is trying to emulate the way I used to fight. Over the years I tried to develop into an attacking fighter and can see Liam going that way.
“Liam loves to box but is capable of winning matches in lots of different ways. He can fight if he has to.
“Like me, he has a very good chin, I have caught him a few times in sparring and he stands up to it. He also has no fear of anybody.”
Cameron, of Manor Park, and 32-year-old Wilson, of Crosspool, are very different individuals. The younger man is a full-time boxer, while Wilson juggles his training with his role as a firefighter in Darnall.
But Woods says the innocent young man of a few years ago has been replaced by a more all-round person.
“Liam has matured greatly over the past five or six months and is grownig up now. He knows what he has to do to be a champion.”