HARROW boxer Mitchell Smith will be in dreamland when he fights for the vacant Southern Area Super-Featherweight title at the Copper Box on Saturday.
The former Hatch End High School pupil is a West Ham fan and will be scrapping with Scott Moises for the belt in an arena that sits just a few hundred yards from his team’s future home.
Smith, now 20 years old, got bullied when he was six and dad John took him to Harrow Boxing Club to train. He watched his first show at the age of seven in the hall at Harrow Borough FC where HBC boxers were showcased.
From that moment on, Smith has been building towards his first title shot and has even been given a helping hand by two of his Hammers heroes in the build up to the bout.
“It’s the dream venue for me as I will be fighting near enough on the doorstep of where West Ham will be playing,” Smith told the Observer. “I’m a big fan and I did a bit of pad work with James Tomkins and the new goalkeeper Adrian from Real Betis during my training. They can’t come to the fight on Saturday sadly but they are hoping to come to the next one.
“I’m thankful to my partner Lacey as she’s been very helpful to me during my training and I’ve got good people around me. My dad takes me to training seven days a week and Matthew Hake at Ruislip Boxing Club has been training with me. My manager Richard Clark has been great too.
“I’m just glad to be getting back in the ring and it’s a step up in class. I sparred Scott when I first went pro so I know about him. He’s good and is a worthy opponent so I’ve got to crack on and get through it. He fought for the Southern Area title before but came up just short.”
The Baby-Faced Assassin is unbeaten after his first six professional fights and is coming up against a more experienced opponent in Moises.
“Scott has done a 10-rounder before – which I haven’t – I haven’t even had a six-rounder yet,” he said.
“My last fight ended in a first-round knockout so they’ve all been quick. He’s tall so if I need to make it a tear-up then I will do. It’s not a concern though. I’ve got no concerns.”