A new title for Mitchell Smith and a whole lot of learning
PUBLISHED: 17:29 03 December 2014
Harrow Weald boxer Mitchell Smith extended his unbeaten record to 10 fights and claimed the WBO European super-featherweight title with a points win over Zoltan Kovacs on the Bad Blood show at the ExCel Arena.
Smith, 22, made a fast start against his Hungarian opponent, using his left hand to great effect early on and flooring him with a glancing hook in the second round.
An injury to his left hand, sustained in the following round, prevented the ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ from stopping his opponent as the fight went the full 10-round distance.
Two ringside judges scored the bout 97- 92 while the other scored it 100-89 in favour of Smith.
He said: “It was a massive learning fight for me. There was a clash of heads early on which led to the first cut of my career.
“I wasn’t shaken by it but there was that flash for a moment and the side of my head is swollen now.
“I was getting some joy with my left hook but I caught him on his forehead as he was dipping and from then on I wasn’t as confident using it as I was catching him with the inside of my glove, which looked more like I was slapping him.”
Smith entered the ring two hours later than scheduled and admits looking at comments on social media after the fight didn’t bring any enjoyment for the rest of the night.
Smith said: “I had a look on Twitter after the fight and I was getting a fair bit of stick and I let it get to me.
“I had people calling me arrogant and irritating and I didn’t really enjoy the rest of the night.
“I watched the fight back and there were some things I didn’t recognise during the fight. Dropping my hands low didn’t work in this fight.
“I’m always willing to learn and listen to constructive criticism but most of the people giving me stick have never been in a boxing ring in their life!”
Smith will now concentrate on dropping down to featherweight ahead of his next fight in February at the O2 Arena.
Smith said: ”I mentioned dropping down a weight about a year ago. At super-featherweight you’ve got Liam Walsh and Gary Sykes who are naturally bigger men than me.
“At featherweight there is Josh Warrington, and not a lot else domestically.”
Outside of the ring Smith was recently thanked for his contribution as an ambassador for the Kiyan Prince Foundation.
Smith helped to raise £3,000 at a charity event earlier this year and says he delighted to play his part in the Foundation.
He said: “I have a strong bond with my Dad and what happened to Kiyan was really heartbreaking for his father Mark and his friends and family.
“I’ve got a daughter and I wonder what London will be like in 10 years time. There are more and more stories about guns and knives on the streets. It seems to be getting worse.
“What Mark is doing with the Foundation is really inspirational.”
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