WHEN SOME things break, they can be fixed.
But when a boxer’s unbeaten record is shattered, it is impossible to put the pieces back together again.
That’s the position promoter Dennis Hobson find himself in after two of his brightest prospects saw their CVs blighted on the same night.
Liam Cameron, 20, blemished his 10 fight record, losing to London light middleweight prospect Erick Ochieng, last weekend.
Even Cameron’s staunchest supporter - his Dad Alan - admitted his lad was at a loss for words and admitted he’d “not been at the races.”
Twenty-five-year-old Smedley’s 14-bout streak was ended by defeat to English light welterweight champion Nigel Wright.
Sheffield promoter Hobson was devastated by the double-defeat.
On Cameron, he said: “I was dumbfounded, in a similar way to the feeling I experienced when Clinton Woods lost to Antonio Tarver.
“During the fight, I couldn’t recognise what I was looking at.
“There was nothing there; Liam was clueless and lethargic...almost like he’d never been in the ring before.
“He had a platform on Sky TV and didn’t perform, which unfortunately is something that has happened before and could be a problem for him.
“I am gutted because I want him to be the ‘next one’ - he is a lovely kid, similar in make up to Clinton and has a great chin. But he’s had a reality check and we need to talk this week about why he went from being a man back to being a boy.”
On Smedley, Hobson said: “Nicki looked in good shape before his fight and has all the talent you’d ever need to get to the top.
“But in that fight, he’d get in one or two punches and then out would come the ‘poses’ when he is not doing any damage.
“He simply didn’t work hard enough, didn’t use his jab enough, and will not fight ‘inside.’
“I knew this was a fight that took him out of the comfort zone. The defeat showed that he needs to stop being lazy and get some work ethic.”
Former British heavyweight boxer and Lennox Lewis’ sparring partner, Dermot Gascoyne, is spending today with pupils from Clay Cross’s Tupton Hall school at Lea Green Outdoor Centre in Matlock. Dermot will be regaling the young people with stories of his journey to overcome personal issues and achieve sporting success.