Ti­tle bid for Smith af­ter he lands KO

Boxer now gears up for clash with McDon­agh

West Lothian Courier - - Drivetime Extra - Cal­lum Car­son

Green­rigg boxer Kieran Smith is eye­ing up a ti­tle later this month af­ter eas­ing to vic­tory at the week­end.

The 25-year-old, nick­named ‘ Chop­per’ knocked out his op­po­nent af­ter just 41 sec­onds in Glas­gow on Satur­day - which sets him up nicely for a WBC su­per wel­ter­weight ti­tle bid against Peter McDon­agh in Glas­gow on Novem­ber 30.

While Smith took care of things quickly in the ring at the SSE Hy­dro, he ad­mit­ted it had been a frus­trat­ing night wait­ing to be called into ac­tion.

He said: “It was a long night be­cause I was a live floater so I was ba­si­cally go­ing to be shoved on when­ever a fight was fin­ished early but I ended up be­ing on af­ter the Josh Tay­lor fight.

“I had my hands taped up from 5.30 be­cause I gen­uinely didn’t know when I was go­ing to be on so it’s a strange ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause you have to be ready to go as soon as pos­si­ble.

“You have to be in the right frame of mind con­stantly de­spite not re­ally know­ing what’s go­ing to be hap­pen­ing, so it can be tough.

“There was still a very good crowd that stayed be­hind af­ter the main fight so it was a de­cent at­mos­phere and a great ex­pe­ri­ence to be part of that.

“It was good to get the win so early and maybe there was a bit of me tak­ing the frus­tra­tion of hav­ing to wait around out on the guy.

“You al­ways want to get out there and maybe make a bit of a state­ment and I felt I did that.”

With it be­ing a quick turn­around be­fore his next bout, Smith, who now boasts a 12-0 pro record, says there’s been no time to re­lax.

He com­mented: “The fight was on Satur­day and I was straight back in the gym on Mon­day. There’s been no rest and it’s right back at it again for the next fight.

“It’s good, it’s what I en­joy do­ing. Ob­vi­ously I couldn’t take the fight on Satur­day lightly, but I was re­ally just aim­ing to come through with the win and free of in­jury so I can’t re­ally be any hap­pier with how it went.

“There was no cuts or bumps, so it was a good night but that’s now at the back of my mind and all my fo­cus has to be on the next bout com­ing up at the end of the month.

“I’ll re­ally be push­ing my­self and putting in the hard work to make sure I’m at it for the ti­tle fight.”

Smith ver­sus McDon­agh fea­tures on a fan­tas­tic night of box­ing at the Emi­rates Arena in Glas­gow with Ty­rone McKenna fight­ing Lewis Ben­son and Ukahir Fa­rooq up against Iain Butcher for the Bri­tish ban­tamweight ti­tle.

Raring to go Kieran Smith

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