Khan vs Lo Greco: Sean 'Masher' Dodd ready to beat Tommy Coyle and move on
By Neel Khagram
Last Updated: 19/04/18 9:39am
Sean Dodd is hopeful that a successful defence of his Commonwealth title against Tommy Coyle will move him "onto better things".
'Masher' has won five straight fights since back-to-back contests against Scotty Cardle saw him succumb to a 12th-round knockout loss, followed by a contentious draw over two years ago.
The Birkenhead-based fighter admits he is unconcerned who the favourite is going into Saturday night's contest against Coyle, but has vowed to go to "war" if necessary in order to preserve his winning streak, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, live on Sky Sports.
"Tommy's an obstacle for me to move onto better things and keep food on the table, to keep me on this momentous journey that I am on," Dodd said.
"Tommy is coming to upset that and take what I've worked very hard for but there's not a hope in hell that he's going to take it, whether he's the underdog or I am the underdog, it doesn't matter.
"It's nice that people think that I am going to win and start to believe that I'm for real. I adapt and that's what champions do, I've never won every fight in just one way; I've had to box on the front foot, be on the back foot, been the aggressor, counter-punched - I've got a lot of strings to my bow to win fights.
"I am prepared for a war and we'll see what happens."
Coyle last fought in February 2017 when he stopped Rakeem Noble inside three rounds - his first fight back following a failed attempt at the British super-lightweight title against Tyrone Nurse in 2016.
'Boom Boom' has also suffered high-profile knockout losses to Luke Campbell and Derry Matthews respectively in his 23-fight career, but Dodd says is not overlooking the calibre of his opponent, and understands that a victory over the Hull fighter could put him in line for higher honours in the lightweight division down the line.
"It's a massive fight for me, the lads who have beaten him are top names," he said.
"I don't have the punch of Derry Mathews but I've got a good chin and a big heart.
"I pinch myself when people talk about being Commonwealth champion let alone other titles, but if we do get a shot at Lewis Ritson for the British it would be fantastic. If not, two successful defences of the Commonwealth might be time to move to European titles."
Watch Sean 'Masher' Dodd vs Tommy Coyle, on the Khan vs Lo Greco undercard, from Liverpool, live on Saturday, April 21, on Sky Sports Main Event & Action, from 7.00pm.