Mersey Battle: Animosity apparent early in Sean Dodd v Tom Stalker grudge match

Matchroom 25/07/2017

Sean Dodd defends his Commonwealth and WBC International Lightweight titles against Merseyside rival Thomas Stalker on September 30.

The fighters, well liked on their respective sides of the Mersey River, come together in a domestic grudge match that has already seen sparks threaten to fly.

Here’s what the fighters had to say on Monday before they literally went head-to-head as the face-off:

Sean Dodd: I didn’t really want to fight him but this is a business. There were names out there that are tougher than him – Matty Fagan, Andy Townend – kids that are better than Tom. The pro game is about fighting and he cannot fight to save his life.

It’s a tough fight, he was GB captain and he wants the fight so he thinks he can beat me easy. I get the credit from my fans and that’s all that matters to me. I will fight anyone to forward my career, and Tom’s next – he doesn’t respect me now but he will at the end of the night.

Tom Stalker: I will punch his head all over the ring. I will give him a rematch when I smash him. I’ve wanted this fight for a year and now we’ve got it. He’s got titles but I think he’s terrible. He wins because he’s awkward, but I will outbox him easily. I don’t rate him.

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