Sheffield boxer goes up a weight to find title success

Liam Cameron pictured against Rod Smith: Image by Dean Woolley
Liam Cameron pictured against Rod Smith: Image by Dean Woolley
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Liam Cameron is re-inventing himself as a super-middleweight as he seeks to re-establish a career damaged by two big defeats.

The Sheffielder was outpointed by novice Rod Smith, of Dronfield, at iceSheffield over 10 rounds in December. Cameron quit the Ingle gym after that loss, which came 18 months after conceding the Central Area middleweight title to Crosspool’s Jez Wilson at Don Valley, when he was coached by Clinton Woods.

Now back with his earlier-career trainer Chris Smedley, he has gone up a weight and hopes to re-ignite his ambitions on May 10, again at iceSheffield.

Cameron (W15, L3) will do derby battle with fellow Sheffielder Wayne Reed (W10, L7.)

Smedley said that super-middleweight would be a better fit for a boxer who has struggled sometimes to get down to the limit required.

“We are trying to get the snap back in Liam, to make him going again” said Smedley. “I think he had become a bit too negative and we want him to plant his feet and be more exciting. He’s 6ft 1ins, tall, broadening out and ready to make an impact at super middle. In the past, he has lost fights on the scales, we want to make sure he doesn’t do that again.”

Reed has lost his last two outings, including a tilt at the Enlglish supermiddleweight title in Liverpool; he was TKO’d in the sixth round by Rocky Fielding. But Reed has happy memories of iceSheffield; he stopped Sam Couzens there in the first round in 2012.

Dronfield middleweight Lewis Taylor will take on Stairfoot’s Matthew Mallin on the May bill.