Paul Smith gets the better of Tony Dodson for the second time
Last Updated: 03/07/13 3:12pm
Paul Smith celebrates victory in rematch against Tony Dodson (credit: Lawrence Lustig)
Paul Smith secured the vacant British super-middleweight title by stopping Liverpool rival Tony Dodson in the sixth round.
Referee Richie Davies stepped in with 30 seconds of the round remaining after Dodson, blood coming from a cut above his right eye, walked onto a big shot.
That brought an end to a brave display from 32-year-old Dodson, who marched forward throughout but had no answer to his opponent's superior power.
Dodson lost a unanimous decision when the pair met in March 2010 and he always looked up against it in the rematch at Bolton Arena after being cut early on.
The fight came to life early in the third when Smith caught Dodson with a short left on the inside and sent him to the canvas.
Dodson regained his feet at eight in the count, held on to regroup when the fight resumed, and then found the target with a pair of straight rights in the latter stages of the round.
But Smith was willing to bide his time, targeting Dodson's cut and then ending the contest in style with a sweetly-timed right in the sixth.
Th result improves Smith's record to 33-3 and starts his second reign as British super-middleweight champion, while Dodson drops to 29-8-1 and is left to ponder the future.