Wes Smith in action on home Plymouth bill next month

Ringside 13/08/2018

Wes Smith still considers his winning pro record to be intact as he prepares for further action at his home venue next month.

He came away from the South West to box away for the first time as a pro last time out and gave a good account of himself.

Opponent Rohan Date had stopped three out of pro four opponents prior to their July 8 meeting at the Bracknell Leisure Centre, but couldn’t smash through Smith.

The Cornwallian, from Launceston, wasn’t beaten or knocked out by Date and instead pushed him to a 39-39 draw, winning one and drawing two of the four rounds.

He now features on BCB Promotions’ next offering at the Plymouth Guildhall on Saturday September 15, on a show which has been titled ‘Revenge or Repeat.’

The 26-year-old welterweight previously recorded his three straight victories at the Guildhall, halting Jan Korec in the third round of his pro debut.

Over-the-distance successes over Andrej Capur and Kevin McCauley that followed were by whitewash, with Date the only man to claim a paid session from him so far.

Smith is happy with his progress so far and wants to be fast-tracked towards a Southern title shot in 2019, perhaps even with a step up to super welter.

He said: “Area belts are what everyone goes for first and I’m no different. I like a challenge and the sooner, the better.

“I haven’t really had a break since my last fight, I’ve carried on training and all I really took was positives, rather than any negatives, from the result.

“A draw is often like a win away from home and I thought I’d done enough to have my hand raised on the night. It wasn’t a neutral venue, either, the place was packed full of his fans.

“It’s good to get that experience under my belt against a live opponent. He was more gutted about the result than I was, put it that way,

“I want to push the rounds up now and maybe even look at super welter, down the line, depending on what opportunities come up.

“I’ve got nice memories of the Guildhall, Plymouth is about 45 mins away from me and I’ve got a lot of friends and family in Tavistock, so I always get decent support.

“I stopped the lad on my debut there, I wanted all TKOs on my record so far but it’s good to get the ring time in as well.

“I’ve put in some good performances and I think I’ll get even better as I go on. There’s a lot for me to work hard towards.”

The main event at the Guildhall will see Plymouth’s Des Newton and Henry Janes clash in a rematch for the British Challenge lightweight title.

There will be plenty of other local talent on show for the September 15 bill, with six bouts already confirmed for the under-card.

Launceston’s Jordan Platt takes on Plymouth’s own Mohamed Mahmoud, in might prove to be a super lightweight slugfest.

Devon-based Spaniard Cristian Hoskin Gomez is approaching his half century of pro bouts and has previously won the British Challenge middleweight title at the Guildhall.

Darren Townley features looking for a ninth from 10 outings as a super lightweight paid performer. ‘The Terminator’ won an eight-rounder on February 9 at the Guildhall.

DP Carr, from Sidcup in Kent, and Paul Roberts, of Chard in Somerset, will make the trip to Devon to occupy the home corner at lightweight and super bantam respectively.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £35 or £60 ringside, and can be purchased by calling 07958 398 355. Doors open at 6.30pm on fight night, with the first bell expected for 7.30pm.