Rod Smith’s career looked like it was going places after beating much-fancied Sheffield fighter Liam Cameron in 2013.
But ‘Razor’ Rod’s plans lost their sharpness pretty quickly after that.
He’s had one fight since, a six rounds points victory, and that in February last year.
But now he’s on his way back - and swears he’s found his cutting edge again.
The Dronfield middleweight (6+0) takes on an as yet unnamed Argentinian at Norton’s Double Tree by Hilton Hotel a week on Saturday (July 18.) He shares the evening with Adam Etches.
“I had a year out and fell out of love with boxing” Smith confessed.
“I’ve done it since I was eight. There came a time when I needed to take a backward step.”
Smith failed to make weight for one planned fight, parted company with his manager, before eventually signing up with matchmaker Richard Poxon. “Touch wood things are going better. I beat Max Maxwell (iceSheffield; his last fight) and everybody knew I hadn’t trained for it because my head wasn’t on it, there were other things on my mind.
“But I still put up a good performance; I won every round. I needed a break and came back stronger. I am hungry for it and I can’t wait to get back in.”
Smith concedes he will be ‘rusty’ against his south American opponent, who he says has won 12 out of 18. “I have trained harder than I have in ages. But it will take me a couple of rounds to figure him out, but I’m sure with the talent that I have got after two or three rounds I’ll be looking to take him out. I am ready to take bigger kids on. I believe I can go and win titles” said the 21-year-old.
“I will fight anyone anywhere. But I’ll leave it in Richard’s hands. He’ll get me the right fight at the right time. Whoever he gets, I am going to wipe the floor with him.”
Smith believes Etches will bounce back after his loss to Sergey Khomitsky. ““Etches knows his mistake. He looks a lot better in training. His head is on it. I expect him to step up to the mark.”