Olympic hero Anthony Ogogo tops Rod Smith’s wish-list for 2014.
The Dronfield slugger has had only five professional fights, but the manner of his December victory over Sheffielder Liam Cameron has propelled him up the rankings.
Ogogo, 25, has only had four pro fights since claiming bronze medal at the London Games, but may fancy the challenge.
Smith, talking on video at thestar.co.uk, said his win over Cameron had been a massive confidence booster. “It was only my fifth pro. And I took a big scalp like Liam out. Many doubted me, for taking him on. But I trained hard and knew I’d beat him and went out and did what I said I was going to. My fitness was spot on. For him to beat me he’d have to have killed me. I walked forward, ground him down, and proved everyone wrong.”
Smith, 22, has a February 7 date pencilled in to fight over six rounds, on a Dave Coldwell show at iceSheffield. After that he wants to defend his International Masters middleweight title and go on to meet high profile opponents.
“There have been some names thrown at me, Ryan Aston, (West Midlands) Jez Wilson (Crosspool, Sheffield) who we are looking at. Anthony Agogo is obviously a great talent, it is really exciting for 2014. There are big names that hopefully I can take out.”
Smith is pleased Manor Park fighter Cameron has not retired - soemthing which was on the beaten boxer’s mind before he switched gyms and now trains with Chris Smedley. “I was just better on the night, he is a great boxer on his day. He will achieve a lot. He will come back stronger. After the fight, I said any other kid he would have beat, but when I turn up in the form I did it was going to be hard for anyone.”
* Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell and Leigh Wood will clash for the vacant British Super Bantamweight title at the Hull Ice Arena on February 22.