Ringside: Paul Smith proud to be British super-middleweight champion

Last Updated: 05/07/13 10:27am

Paul Smith told Ringside he was thrilled to reclaim the British super-middleweight title with victory over Tony Dodson on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old clinched the famous Lonsdale strap for a third time with his sixth-round stoppage success in Bolton and Smith revealed he is determined to hang on to the belt for as long as possible.

"It means a hell of a lot to me to be British champion again."

Paul Smith

"I'm delighted," said Smith. "It means a hell of a lot to me to be British champion again and I want to make sure I do the best I can to keep the title for as long as I can.

"I really wanted this title; I prepared for the very best Tony Dodson and it was me telling everyone that he was going to be at his best because it was a good chance."

The fight - a local derby between two Liverpool fighters - was a tough one for both men, however, after dropping Dodson with a thunderous left hook in the third, Smith ended the encounter in the sixth with a powerful right to the head.

The clash was a significant improvement on the pair's first meeting in 2010, when Smith prevailed on points - and the newly-crowned champion said he enjoyed the bout.

Fire

"It was fun; they're the type of fights I want to be in," he said. "That's what I feel the first one should have been like, it should have set fire, set alight. It didn't because of the cuts, but that's gone now and this fight was a good 'un and good to be involved in.

"I feel I got everything right tactically and a lot of that's down to [trainer] Joe Gallagher and the work we've done in the gym. I felt good mentally and I felt like I hadn't been out for a long time, which I had."

Former European super-bantamweight champion Spencer Oliver applauded Smith's performance and reckons he may have won one of the best fights of 2013.

"I was impressed," said Oliver. "Smith put in an excellent performance.

"The first fight against Dodson was great and he did even better this time. It was very, very impressive and in the twilight of his career he's looking better than ever.

"It was a local derby and you find the guys give it a little bit more for those, but that's up for one of the fights of the year."

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