Sean “Masher” Dodd (10-2, 2KOs) aims to set the record straight in his rematch with British lightweight champion, Scotty Cardle (19-0 6KOs), at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday.
Dodd was ahead on two of the judges scorecards as they entered the final round of their first outing last November. However, Cardle, in a last-ditch attempt to retain his title, unloaded on Dodd, causing enough damage for the referee to wave the bout off with just a minute left on the clock.
Dodd earned his title shot as a replacement for Cardle in a fight with Gary Buckland last September and is confident he has got what it takes to win on Saturday.
“The first fight was a great experience,” said, Dodd. “I learnt a lot from it and enjoyed the limelight at British level boxing. I had a little taste; it tasted nice, and now I have had a good 12-week camp to come in fresh and eat the whole table.
“I have been there, done it and felt it now. So I’m going back to doing the same ring walk, at the same venue, with a big smile on my face and I are looking forward to it. I feel a lot better, a lot fitter, and stronger, I am more experienced, I am fresh, and I’m looking forward to it, I cannot wait to get in there.
“I thought that if I had stuck to the boxing, then I would’ve taken the win, but excitement overtook me and once that had taken over I couldn’t get myself back out of that.
“When it was waved off it just drained me. When I look back, he waved it off before I had even got up, which I didn’t see at the time – he waved it off, and that was it, but that took it out of me. There is nothing I can say or do about it, there is no point in moaning about it, the referee did his job.
“Referees are in there to do a job and look after your health. Look at Nick Blackwell, I have nothing against the referee, it was just one of those things.
“I felt like I was able to tag him a lot easier than I had anticipated. I didn’t think I would be able to hit him as easily as I did and when I did I think I got a bit excited from doing that, so I need to be a bit cleverer and use my experience from the last fight to my advantage this time around.”
Dodd’s rematch with Cardle 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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