Mitchell Smith was voted Best Young Boxer of the Year in 2015, but an upset loss to George Jupp proved to be a huge setback for the Harrow Weald talent.

Despite picking up two wins since that first defeat, Smith struggled to recapture his best form, and even spent seven months in prison last year.

Smith spoke to Steve Lillis on the BoxNation Podcast about the last 12 months or so: "Unfortunately, I had to pay the price for a silly mistake I made outside of boxing, and I spent a little bit of time in jail last year.

"I'm not going to go into too much into detail, but I was unprofessional outside of the ring and I paid the price for it. I'm back training now, back training for the last three or four weeks now, and I'll be looking at getting back under the lights in the summer time."

Mitchell Smith

The former WBO Inter-Continental Super-Featherweight titlist is currently training at his local amateur club while he loses weight, and also revealed that he is working as a roofer to get back on his feet.

"I wanted to be in the gym in November or December, but unfortunately I broke my foot working on a roof, so had to sit back over Christmas and wait for it to heal. I've still got to pay the bills and put food on the table. When you act like an idiot outside of boxing, it's a lesson to the youngsters that are starting off I suppose - don't go down the route I did," explained the 25-year-old.

Smith believes he has the ability and mentality to return to his best form: "Listen, it's all about maturity and this time I'm sure I've grown up. Considering I've done nothing [since the Jupp loss], I'm still fairly young, I've not got a lot of mileage on the clock. I've not been in hard fights. I've not really been hit. It's not like I'm a damaged fighter," he added.

Also on episode 13 of the BoxNation Podcast, Jamie Moore talks about his thriving stable, Mark Heffron has a message for Tommy Langford and Sergey Kovalev's next fight is previewed.

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