Tony Dodson fighting for his future against Paul Smith
Tony Dodson admits his career is at stake in Saturday's rematch with Paul Smith for the vacant British title.
Last Updated: 27/06/13 5:15pm
Smith defended the belt with a gritty points win when the Liverpool rivals last met in 2010 and Dodson is determined to even the score at the USN Bolton Arena, live on Sky Sports.
That defeat prompted Dodson to step up to light-heavyweight, but he moved back down for another crack at the strap and is fully aware that defeat would leave him with little to fight for.
"My whole career is on the line," said the 32-year-old. "It's a massive fight, the most important of my career. I know what's at stake and it's given me more incentive to want to get the win because, obviously, he got the win over me last time.
"The pair of us prepare perfectly. I've got no excuses, I'm a totally different fighter from what I was last time. I've got no weight issues, I'll get on the scales now and will probably be under the championship weight already."
Smith also cannot afford another setback after stoppage defeats by younger rivals James DeGale and George Groves.
The 30-year-old was hampered by serious cuts in the first encounter with Dodson and is predicting a more convincing win as he attempts to regain the belt that was ripped away by DeGale.
"I cannot wait to get back in there and show what I can do, to perform and to be showcased on Sky Sports again, having people sitting up and actually being able to watch the fight," said Smith.
"I'm hungry to get my belt back. That's the plan and that's what I am going to do. I am going to put in a very good performance on Saturday night," he said.
"I know what I've got. We can talk about the last fight but this is three years later, I think we've both changed since then and I think we'll see a different fight on Saturday, a more open and better fight."