Cardle plans to exorcise Dodd demons
Scotty Cardle plans to exorcise some demons this Saturday night in Liverpool.
The British lightweight champion (19-0, 6 KOs), from Lytham St. Annes, returns after a five-month break to defend his Lonsdale belt for a second time against the man who pushed him all the way last November.
Sean Dodd (10-2, 2 KOs) will climb back into the ring inside the Echo Arena, where the two men squared off first time round, looking to prove that his original performance was no fluke. For Cardle, his own performance was one to forget.
“Last fight I feel as if I under performed. It was quite a poor night for me if I say so myself,” the 26-year-old told Boxing Monthly.
“I’m very critical of my performances anyway and, for me, that’s possibly my worst and I still came out with a win. My plan is to get rid of the demons from my last performance and finish this fight off in style really so I can put it to the back of me.”
A 12th round stoppage halted the challenge of Merseysider Dodd, but left Cardle with enough lumps and bumps to warrant his break from the ring following a British ‘fight of the year’ contender for 2015. The champion is looking for a much different performance this time.
“I feel like last time my sparring was perfect,” recalled Cardle about his preparation for their first encounter.
“I won’t tell a lie, my sparring was ideal to Sean Dodd but with Sean Dodd being quite unorthodox and quite inexperienced I was picking up bad habits with these sparring partners. That’s no disrespect to the sparring partners. I was just picking up bad habits and I was getting into wars that I shouldn’t need to.
“I should stay on my game. So this time I’ve chose the whole style of sparring, a total variation of sparring. I’ve had all styles possible and I just stayed on the ball. I’ve kept sharp the whole time so I think that’ll be the difference this time. There’s been no bad habits picked up this time so I feeling on form this time, definitely.”
BM then asked Cardle if he expects Dodd to do anything differently from his last performance.
“I’m expecting the exact same from Dodd,” he replied. “And that’s only because I feel like Sean’s quite limited in his boxing. He’s a late starter, he’s quite inexperienced. Don’t get me wrong, his gameplan the last time was perfect, and he almost executed it himself, but he never got the final result.
“I feel like if I was Sean I wouldn’t change my gameplan because he got quite a lot of success the last time. If he does change it, he might come unstuck, but I feel like he’ll come unstuck anyway no matter what game plan he chooses.”
A win for Cardle this weekend on Sky Sports would take the former European Championship amateur medallist to within one victory of owning the coveted Lonsdale belt outright. A feat last achieved in the lightweight division six years ago by Mancunian gladiator John Murray.
Standing in the way could be former English champion Kevin Hooper or the winner of Ohara Davies and Andy Keates who fight for Hooper’s vacated belt on 9 April. Another more lucrative option could be Luke Campbell after the rejuvenated Olympic gold medallist picked up the Commonwealth title with a two-round demolition of Gary Sykes last weekend in Sheffield.
“I think there’ll be a lot of popular demand [for the Campbell fight],” said Cardle. “[But] this will be my second defence and I want one more defence of my British and, whoever’s mandatory, I’ll be fighting.
“To be honest, I’m open to anything, to any fight. I feel like the Luke Campbell fight is a great fight. I don’t think it’s a worthy fight for the British. I think it could be a bigger fight down the line but if that’s the case I’ll still take it. That’s one thing I’ve never been, I’ve never been shy of any fight.”
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