December 23, 2015
Butcher by day - boxer by night, 25-year-old Tommy Smith has taken out both State and National titles in his recent return to the sport.
After a three-year hiatus from boxing, Smith had his first round back in the ring at Tamworth on Saturday, 14 November for an exhibition bout.
The following weekend he won the State Super Heavyweight title in Newcastle, despite giving away 10 kilograms to opponent, Jake Snowden.
Impressively, Smith went on to claim his first Australian Heavyweight title at Marrickville, Sydney on Saturday, 28 November.
He defeated Leon Cutmore with a knockout left hook in fourth and final round of his preliminary fight, and Luke Rodgers in an unanimous decision in the national title decider.
Back in the ring
Smith, who began boxing at 17, said it was an awesome feeling to get back in the ring after three years.
“The time off originally started with an injury, but it turned into a break from training and fighting to pursue other interests,” Smith said.
“I didn’t realise how much I’ve actually missed the rush of it all.
“The wins feel great and they definitely weren’t easy - I was definitely rusty.”
The former Coonabarabran resident relocated to Gunnedah for work as a butcher six weeks ago.
“I was in training before moving to Gunnedah at the Coonabarabran Amateur Boxing Gym, where I originally started,” Smith said.
“I’m currently training out of the Black and Blue Boxing Gym, in Gunnedah.
“They’ve been very accommodating, finding me a great sparring partner and being really flexible with my training hours, some days even opening during my lunch hour to get some one-on- one training in.
“The move to Gunnedah has been a great change and there are a lot of good people over here, but I still occasionally miss home.”
Smith said he was looking to make his professional boxing debut in 2016.
“The next move for me is, more than likely, a step up into the professional scene as we believe it will suit my style and that it’s time,” he said.
“We’re ready to put the work in over the coming months to make the transition.
“The professional boxing will see me fighting more rounds with smaller gloves, no headgear and a much stricter training regime.”
Butcher, Tommy Smith, channels his inner Rocky Balboa.
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