Sheffield boxer returns after four year exile

Trainer Steve Barnes with Nicki Smedley
Trainer Steve Barnes with Nicki Smedley
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Four and a half years after quitting boxing, Nicki Smedley has confirmed his intentions to return to the ring.

The Sheffield fighter - who became a bodybuilder for a while - has shed nearly four stones and intends to make his comeback fight on November 28 at Doncaster Dome.

His father Chris said: “He’s been working hard with Steve Barnes at Lower Manor gym, where he first started at as an 11 year old and he’s enjoying it again.

“I am happy he has got his hunger back after his last title fight (English super lightweight, defeat to Nigel Wright, May 2011.) His training hadn’t been right for that, he’d hardly sparred but he never got hit in a fight that if it was scored on quality shots he’d have won as his opponent was cut and both his eyes had swelled yet Nicki never had a mark on him.

“He just stopped training after that, now he is back I have left him to Steve who really works him and helped him lose all the weight the correct way. Our plans are let him get rid of the ring rust on Stefy Bull’s show then quickly get him active and into title contention at super lightweight.

“We have studied the top 10 and there isn’t a worry about fighting any of them but first things first: lets see if Nicki has still got what it takes.

“He will be around 10st 10lbs for his fight and we are looking for someone who will give him the rounds.

“Nicki is 28 now so he’s not going to be hanging around and we don’t want a walk-over. We just want someone with a winning record really or someone who has been in with the top fighters and pushed them.”

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