After making a winning return to the ring in Harrow earlier this month, Mitchell Smith believes he is learning a lot under the guidance of trainer Adam Booth.
Last December’s defeat to George Jupp was followed by a hand injury earlier this year. However he did not show any ring rust during the convincing display over Norwin Galo, who retired in the fourth round.
Speaking on last Thursday’s Cassius & Helder, the Harrow Weald star discussed life under his new trainer and his next fight.
“It was nice to be back winning after such a long time out and coming off the back of a loss. I felt good in there. It was a comfortable, controlled performance,” said the 23-year-old.
“There’s been some very valuable learning curves in the time I’ve spent with Adam. I’ve learnt that I’m a better boxer than I am fighter, but I can fight as well.
“I’ve been learning the cracks of life in terms of making the right choices outside of boxing, choosing the right people to be around.”
‘King Mitch’ split with previous trainer Jason Rowland after his first professional defeat and teamed up with the respected Booth in April.
He added: “Training as hard as we are now, I think he’ll make me the full package of a fighter. He’s very knowledgeable and I’m looking forward to what else we get up to.”
Last year’s unanimous decision loss to Jupp still hurts Smith, and he is eager for a rematch to settle the score as soon as possible.
“The fight that I want is the George Jupp fight. I’m sure that will happen at the start of next year. I’m looking forward to putting that right second time around.
“It was a bitter pill to swallow [Jupp earning a World Title shot] because I knew I didn’t do anything right leading up to the fight or in the fight. I took him for granted and I lost.”
Jupp was stopped in the sixth round of his WBO ‘Interim’ Super-Featherweight Title bout with Miguel Berchelt, and Smith believes a rematch is the best option for both parties.
“Does he go for the British Title? I don’t think he’s good enough to win that. The public want to see me get back what I lost,” he added.
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