TITLE challenger Nicki Smedley feels he will prevail in his own backyard against Nigel Wright tonight - as long as he delivers a “smart” performance.
The Woodthorpe boxer takes on the English light-welterweight champion at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre aiming to extend his unbeaten streak to 15 bouts.
Having sparred with stablemate Liam Cameron, who is also on the Dennis Hobson show, Smedley says he is in peak condition and is optimistic he can secure the first belt of his fledgling career.
He told The Star: “I feel on top of my game and in great shape. It is the biggest fight of my career and I am ready for it. Nigel is a step up but I am going to be clever. I am not going to rush him or overdo myself in the first few rounds. I am going to play it smart.
“I have been told by someone who is close to him that he can get tired over six rounds. I am going to look to break him down.”
Boxing promoter Hobson said: “I have always believed in Nicki and it is up to him to not waste this opportunity.
“Nigel [Wright] is a seasoned and experienced professional so it could be a long fight.”
Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell is the headline act and will defend his Commonwealth bantomweight title against Nick Otieno while Cameron faces Erick Ochieng.
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