Sheffield boxing: Cannon Ball to face Smasher?

Liam Cameron pictured in his win over George Beroshvili
Liam Cameron pictured in his win over George Beroshvili
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Liam Cameron is being manoeuvred toward an English title in the New Year.

His camp are hoping to mount a challenge for Jahmaine Smyle’s super middleweight belt, which he won at Bethnal Green in March.

The muscular Leicester man hasn’t boxed since that night but the Sheffield boxer’s advisors think they will be able to organise a date with him at the Magna Centre, possibly on February 6. Smyle, 29, won the belt in a split decision over Lee Markham.

Smyle has a W12 L4 D2 record and his conquerors include Sheffield’s Wayne Reed, who stopped him five years ago in Leicester.

But he doesn’t possess much to worry Cameron, whose trainer Chris Smedley said: “Liam has come on leaps and bounds and we think this will be a great match and one Liam can win.”

Cameron, who is four years younger, has won four out of his last five matches, the loss coming when he went for the Commonwealth title in April, being defeated by Luke Blackledge in Blackburn.

In his last fight Cameron exhibited a more confident style - leading to a fourth round stoppage of George Meroshvili at Rotherham. Now he wants to press on and win more silverware.

Meanwhile Smedley has revealed his son Nicki’s victorious return to the ring after a four year gap came at a cost. “Nicky broke his hand when he threw an upper cut against Duane Green” he said.

“He threw the punch with an open hand meaning to clinch it on impact, but as the opponent was ducking into his shot he didn’t have time and felt it crack.

“But he should be fit again in four or five weeks and it won’t affect his running. We expect him to be fighting as a welterweight in the New Year. Green said he’d never been hit as hard.”

FACT SPOT:

smyle is nicknamed ‘smasher’ yet he and ‘Cannonball’ Cameron boast about the same knock out percentage rate - around 30 per cent.

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