CARDLE-DODD CONFIRMED FOR SMITH-FIELDING UNDER CARD, LIVERPOOL

By Elliot Foster [@freelancefoz]

Scotty Cardle will defend his British title in Liverpool next month.

The Lytham St Annes lightweight, who was set to make the first defence of his crown in the city last month before withdrawing through injury, will take on Sean Dodd, live on Sky Sports.

Cardle suffered a leg injury in his final spar ahead of his last fight, leaving promoter Eddie Hearn with a dilemma.

Birkenhead man Sean Dodd filled Cardle’s void, went in against would-be challenger Gary Buckland over 10 rounds in a final eliminator on the promise that the winner would face the champion in their next fight and claimed a 97-95 decision.

And now Dodd, 30, will get his chance to shine on the big stage, in front of a capacity crowd at the ECHO Arena on Merseyside on November 7 as part of the star-studded undercard to the all-Scouse super middleweight clash between Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding.

“I’m over the moon,” said Dodd, who only began boxing four years ago, after being rewarded with this career-high opportunity.

“I’ve worked hard, since the age of 25 when I first walked into the gym, to learn the art of boxing.

“Eddie Hearn has stuck to his word and got me the shot I was promised, so I’m going to go in there, give it my best and see what happens.”

Elsewhere on the card, Tyrone Nurse will meet Chris Jenkins in a rematch for the vacant British super lightweight title.

The pair boxed for the crown in Manchester in the summer, but a return clash was arranged after they fought to a draw.

Meanwhile in a battle of unbeaten middleweights, Prizefighter champion Tom Doran will look to get a win to steer him to a domestic title shot.

The Connahs Quay man, 28, will face former managerial stablemate Rod Smith, who is unbeaten in seven, over 10 rounds in an eliminator for the British crown.

And new Matchroom signing Scott Fitzgerald, who joined the team recently, and Liverpool talent Ryan Mulcahy will both make their bows in the professional ranks, while Salford bantamweight Marc Leach (5-1) is also set for action.

Tickets for ‘Who’s Fooling Who’, priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150, are on sale now from the ECHO Arena website and on 0844 8000 400

VIP tickets, priced at £250, are available exclusively from Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com and on 01277 359900.