Boxing: Prizefighter draw gives Jahmaine Smyle chance of revenge in final
Jahmaine Smyle will spend the weekend watching videos after being handed the draw he wanted in 'Prizefighter.'
Smyle and Carl Dilks go toe-to-toe in the quarter-finals in Liverpool on Wednesday and the 24-year-old from Northfields is on course to meet Wayne Reed in the final.
Reed, drawn against Joey Ainscough in the last eight, inflicted Smyle's only defeat as a professional and they could meet again in the final.
"That would be perfect," said Smyle, who is sponsored by Razza Sakhi Solicitors, Meesha Graphics and creative-i.
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"But I have to beat Dilks first and don't know much about him. I will have to look on You Tube."
Dilks, from Liverpool, is a well-schooled, solid boxer who tends to lose his biggest fights. He has challenged for Commonwealth honours and was unlucky to concede a points decision to Charles Adamu in December, 2009.
He has not boxed since James DeGale overwhelmed him in a round in a British title eliminator last September and represents a step-up in class for Smyle, who will be having just his sixth professional fight. Smyle will have former world champion Chris Pyatt in his corner.
Pyatt said: "I will be surprised if he doesn't win.
"Jahmaine's guard is a lot tighter than it was, he's taking fewer punches and that's given him the confidence to get stuck in more. We haven't really seen the best of him yet and I'm convinced he will win 'Prizefighter.'"
Braunstone welterweight Lester Walsh bowed out of boxing after a controversial points defeat in Bedworth.
Walsh appeared to land clean punches in his gruelling six-round scrap with Shane Normoyle, but the referee scored against him 58-56.
That surprised some ringsiders, including Jeff Gibbs.
As coach at Braunstone ABC, Gibbs taught Walsh the boxing basics from the age of 10 and was in his corner when he won national titles.
Walsh, a terrific toe-to-toe scrapper, thanked Gibbs and all the coaches and supporters who have backed him throughout his amateur and professional boxing careers.