BOXING: Chatteris fighter Jack Smith determined to put debut defeat behind him
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Jack Smith is determined to put things right after his nightmare professional debut.
The Chatteris teenager was stopped by Craig Derbyshire in the second round of his first paid outing back in April but returns to the ring this weekend – and says he wants to prove that his debut defeat was a blip.
“I always feel that I’ve got to prove a point, but this time even more so because of what happened in my debut,” he said.
“This is my second chance to show everyone what I’m capable of and I’m ready to put on a show for them on Saturday night.”
Smith, who fights out of the St Ives Boxing Academy under the tutelage of Steve Whitwell, will face Newcastle-based fighter Gary Reeve on his return in Norwich, and says that his disappointing debut has spurred him on to train even harder this time around.
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“I’ve been focussing on what I did wrong in the first fight and I’ve been doing a lot more sparring and strength and conditioning,” the 19-year-old said.
“I’m feeling a lot stronger than I did the first time round and I’ve made weight comfortably.
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“I won’t be going into the fight with a particular game plan; I just want to focus on not doing what I did wrong in my first fight.
“I want to send out a message and for everyone to remember the performance and the fight because I got a good win.”
Reeve has lost all but one of his 12 fights so far, but Smith insists he will not be complacent when the pair go toe-to-toe on Saturday night.
“He’s a lad that comes forward a lot so I have got to be switched on and not get caught,” Smith said.
“He seems an alright fighter but I’m pretty confident that I’ll get the win.”
Trainer Steve Whitwell said: “It’s important to have the right opponent for Jack’s second fight and we believe Reeve is ideal. He might not have a great record, but he is very durable and rarely gets stopped.
“Jack will need to fire on all cylinders to put a first success on his professional record.”