Debutant flyweight, Jordan Smith walked away from his professional debut with a disappointing loss at the hands of Staffordshire’s experienced 23-year-old boxer, Brett Fidoe 3(1)-12-2 at the Camden Centre, Kings Cross on November 21.
The Peacock Gym fighter’s opponent Brett Fidoe, ranked 10th in the British super-flyweight division, was only confirmed just a few days before fight night and Smith attributes the loss partly due to the frustrations of not knowing who he would be facing on the night playing on his mind.
“A lot of opponent changes were going on and I ended up going in against an experienced English fighter. I admit to being nervous on the night and didn’t perform to the best of my ability. I was throwing the jab out but he used his ring knowledge and had good speed and head movement,” commented Smith after the loss.
Fidoe had been in with a number of prospects since turning pro in 2012 such as Haroon Khan – younger brother to two-time world champion, Amir Khan, and also unbeaten prospects Louis Norman and Anthony Smith, who both meet for the vacant British Masters flyweight title on December 7th. He also took former Commonwealth super-flyweight champion, Don Broadhurst the distance for the vacant BBBofC Midlands Area title at Villa Park in March this year, losing 94-98 on points, and stopped a previous debutant in the first round once before.
He went on to say, “I felt a bit disappointed but in a way I didn’t because I was in with a good fighter and I’ve learnt from it and I know that I’ll be better for it when I’m next out in February on a Greg Steene show in Harrow Leisure Centre.”
The 21-year-old is not one for letting the grass grow under his feet, speaking from his workplace the following day, Smith quoted, “I will be having a little break but I was actually out the next morning for a run. I’ll be working with my strength and conditioning coach over Christmas to make me stronger.” The 5ft 10” tall flyweight concluded with a message to fans, “Thanks to everyone for coming out and supporting me, it really helps to hear you when you’re in the ring. Looking forward to February now.”
The combined Mark Prior Promotions and Hellraiser Promotions show saw some knockout performances from heavyweight puncher, Dillian Whyte 10(7)-0-0, Yasin Basar 4(2)-0-0 and Arthur Hermann 14(13)-1-0 all stopping their opponents within the first four rounds, much to the crowd's delight.
Essex super-middleweight, Sam Stokes 2-0-0 doubled his win tally on the night and looks more than settled into the paid ranks now.
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