Liverpool boxer Anthony Smith, is delighted to be facing a live opponent when he has his fourth pro outing on VIP Promotions’ next show at The Wythenshawe Forum on May 10.
Out for over a year with injuries, unbeaten Smith will face Staffordshire’s Brett Fidoe, who enters the contest on the back of a first round KO after putting up decent displays in two previous career losses.
“I’m really looking forward to it and can’t wait to get back in the ring,” stated flyweight Smith.
“I haven’t seen anything of him, but have had a look at him on BoxRec. I’m expecting a bit of a scrap. He’ll come forward if he’s knocked someone out [in his last bout], but I’ll find out more about him and then work on that.
“I can box and I can fight. I’m probably more of a boxer and if I see opportunities then I’ll start throwing the harder shots, but if he’s a fighter then I’ll box him, and if he’s a boxer I’ll fight him. He’ll be up for the fight though. It won’t be like fighting a journeyman, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Smith, a former Junior ABA winner and England international who lost just three of 21 amateur bouts, comes from a fighting family. Twin brother Phil is also a pro, currently at 3-1, and the pair regularly help each other out with sparring duties.
With few flyweights in the UK, and with British champion, and VIP stable mate, Kevin Satchell likely to move onto Europe soon, the scenario of the Smith brothers’ one day clashing for domestic honours has already been mooted. Although not an impossibility, the bond between the siblings is strong and Anthony would much rather realise his Lonsdale Belt dream by beating a rival a little less close to home.