Doran backs his boxing skills to beat Smith

Doran backs his boxing skills to beat Smith

Connah’s Quay’s Tom ‘Dazzlin’ Doran (15-0, 5KO) believes his boxing ability will be the difference when he faces fellow unbeaten fighter Rod Smith (7-0, 3KO) on Saturday.

The middleweights will meet at Liverpool’s Echo Arena in a British title eliminator on the undercard of Matchroom Sport’s ‘Who’s Fooling Who’ show.

Speaking of their respective styles, Doran said: “I know Rod’s tough, comes forward for a fight and thinks he can walk through walls. I’ll show him on Saturday that it won’t work with me, I won’t be there to be hit and he’ll have all sorts coming back at him from angles he hasn’t seen before.

“Sometimes I kind of ignore that part of my style that I’ve got, the back foot boxing but when I do use it, I do it very well. I plan to show a bit of that on Saturday.”

Since a storming performance to lift the Prizefighter tournament trophy in February, 28-year-old Doran has set his sights on collecting more domestic honours. Doran, who is trained by Shane Thomas at Shotton Boxing Club, has emerged from a three year absence to reignite the potential shown in his 2008 Welsh ABA title win and now holds the longest current unbeaten run in Welsh boxing.

Meanwhile, Smith has only participated in two rounds of competitive action in the last 21 months, when an imported opponent, Argentina’s Walter Osvaldo Gaston Calvo, retired with a shoulder injury in July. Doran believes the 24-year-old Yorkshireman’s inactivity isn’t his only problem, questioning Smith’s level of opposition and stating his expectation of a stoppage win.

He said: “I know he’s had seven and won seven but opponent wise, he’s been looked after. The only standout one on there was Liam Cameron [Commonwealth super-middleweight title challenger], the rest have losing records or a fair few losses.

“I wouldn’t say I make predictions usually. First and foremost, I intend to box him and get back to using my skills but I have got a feeling I’ll get him out of there… in the middle rounds.

“With Prizefighter, I was breaking all of my training in to three rounds. I think doing 10 rounds straight is probably easier than doing three-three round fights. The disruption stops you getting in to a rhythm. Whatever happens, I’m ready to go 10 rounds if I need to.”

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