British lightweight champion, Scotty Cardle (19-0 6KOs), has sent a warning to Sean Dodd (10-2, 2KOs) ahead of their highly anticipated rematch – “you are bang average, and I’m going to teach you a lesson.”
Cardle and Dodd first met last November, with Dodd looking to snatch the title from Cardle, who was making his first defence, however, Cardle went all out in the final stretch and was able to force a stoppage in the final round.
After the fight, Cardle was quick to offer Dodd a rematch but insists, this time, the bout will be a one-sided contest.
“The only reason it was a contender for fight of the year was because I underperformed,” said Cardle. “I had a bad day at the office, and he had his best night in the paid ranks. I am happy to say I can learn from a win and move on to the next one, and that is why I took the rematch because I have a demon to exercise. He’s bang average at best; he showed his best performance on that night. He threw the head in a bit but other than that he didn’t do anything, I was poor on the night, and he brought me down to his level. It’s a different story this time.
“Last time it was quite a poor performance from myself. My game plan was perfect, but I didn’t use it on the night. I came out to quite a hostile reception, and I was trying to make a point to everybody.
“The game plan went out of the window as soon as I walked into that arena. I just wanted to fight, and it was quite daft of me and quite unprofessional. I had never walked out to a reception like that before, but now I have experienced it I know what I have to do, and that is to stick to the tactics Joe Gallagher has given me and show the skills that I have.
“I feel I have experienced that now, and I am expecting the same hostile welcome from the fans, if not even worse because they know they got to me last time. I know it’s coming on Saturday and I have to soak in the positive energy and take it on the chin, brush it off and get on with the job.
“I did think he would come with the game plan that he did bring. I thought it would be as busy as he was but I didn’t think the fight would end up the way it did, but the only reason for that was because of my performance.
“Saturday will be the one-sided lesson it should have been the first time. No disrespect to Sean, but there are levels, and I feel that I am a level above him, and I have to show that because I didn’t in the first fight. I have a job to do. The training has gone great; I have felt spectacular in sparring, and I have no worries going into this. If I use what I have been using in training, then we will have no complaints whatsoever.”
Cardle’s rematch with Dodd takes place on an exciting undercard with a final eliminator for the WBC World title between Callum Smith and European super-middleweight champion Hadillah Mohoumadi forming the evening’s main event.
Also, on the undercard; Rocky Fielding squares off against Christopher Rebrasse, Luke Keeler meets Tom Doran for the WBC International middleweight title up, and Paul Smith Jnr returns to the ring to start a new quest for World title glory.
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