Champ Cardle predicts his class will tell

Cardle - confident of successful defence
Cardle - confident of successful defence
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Lytham boxer Scott Cardle insists his class will tell when he launches the first defence of his British lightweight title at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night against Sean Dodd.

Cardle fully expects his ‘giddy’ rival Dodd to prove to be an awkward customer in the early stages of the contest, but he confidently predicts that he will gradually assume control.

He said: “Sean Dodd is a tough customer, especially so in the early rounds, but from about the fourth I expect I will start to take over.

“He will have a lot of support in the crowd - I expect him to get giddy from that and that he will be really fired up.

“From what I have seen of his fights, Dodd looks very predictable to me. I will use a lot of head movement to get out of the way of his punches - and I am a lot more mobile than he probably thinks I am.”

Dodd, nicknamed Masher, got the chance to fight Cardle after beating Gary Buckland in an exciting eliminator - the Birkenhead man upset the form-book to beat Buckland, who has since retired from the ring.

That was a considerable step-up in class for the 31-year-old Dodd, who has had only 11 fights, with 10 wins and one defeat (against Andy Townend) on his record.

Cardle is five years younger and has a perfect record of 18 wins out of 18, as well as enjoying a successful career as an international amateur.

Dodd has long arms, which could trouble Cardle, but the Lytham man does not see things that way.

He said: “If I make miss Dodd with any of his punches then that will take him that bit longer to get his hands back in front of his face - so I see that as a plus for me and not a disadvantage.”

Cardle says he is prepared for any eventuality in terms of the length of the fight.

It took him the full distance to beat Craig Evans to win the Lonsdale Belt and all of 46 seconds previously to beat Kirk Goodings to land the English belt.

He said: “I am prepared for it if the fight goes the full 12 rounds.

“You never know what happens in boxing, it can take one punch as it did in the Goodings fight.”

It is a delayed defence for Cardle.

He had to withdraw from a projected fight against Buckland in Liverpool after suffering a tear in his quadriceps in the build-up.

Cardle said: “I am feeling good - I am already on the weight and it is just a question of me watching what I eat between now and Saturday night.

“I am now just concentrating on the job I have to do against Dodd.

“I have had no problems with the injury - I had a lot of good physio and everything is back to being 100 per cent.”