Liam Cameron thinks his “derby” rival is making a big mistake by taking him on in Sheffield next month.
Manor Park’s Cameron, who has won 15 (KO 5) of his 17 fights takes on Dronfield puncher Rod Smith, who has just four professional bouts under his belt.
Smith has never boxed more than four rounds in the paid ranks, although his International Masters middleweight title battle with Cameron, is scheduled for 10 rounds.
Asked whether he’d been surprised at the identity of his title rival, Cameron said; “Yes. I knew he’d turned professional, but Rod Smith for a title? I’ll have that one!”
“He is a game kid, he wants to fight, I just think it’s too soon for him. But it’s not me managing or promoting him.”
The pair collide at iceSheffield on December 13.
And Cameron thinks his foe has nowhere near his experience or talent.
“Maybe a year ago, he might have been on my level, but I am a changed person now” he said.
“I have self-belief and I will show why I am a level above this kid.
“I have been there, I’ve done eight and 10 rounders, it’s knowing when to put your foot on the gas, and take it off, and I think I will breeze through it, if it lasts the distance.”
Part of Cameron’s recent training regime has included working with world title contender Kell Brook at the Ingle gym in Wincobank.
“I have been sparring six rounds with Kell and not many last the distance with him in sparring, because the kid hits like a mule.
“So I have been doing well in that. I have been getting better and better every time I sparred with him.”
He said Brook was not the type to take it easy on sparring opponents: “He comes to take your head off.”
Most people will be saving up for Christmas around the time of the fight, but Cameron thinks a ringside seat at the east end venue will be worth the value.
“It is going to be a good fight, while it lasts. Rod is going to come guns blazing, I suggest, coming at me.
“There are about 15 other fights on”.
The Sheffield fighter appeared irritated by another Dronfield middleweight Lewis Taylor, who had suggested in The Star that Cameron had “bottled it” in his defeat to Jez Wilson, in June 2012.
“Lewis should know better than saying I’d bottled it. I will fight Lewis Taylor any day any time.
“I have had ups and downs, I have learned a lot but now I am ready to jump for my chance and keep stepping up every fight.”