New English champion Mitchell Smith: I'm living the life now, I'm living the dream and I know what I want

Mitchell Smith celebrates his English title win over Peter Cope. Picture: Action Images

Mitchell Smith celebrates his English title win over Peter Cope. Picture: Action Images

First published in Local Sport Harrow Times: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Former Bushey ABC fighter Mitchell Smith believes he is finally living the lifestyle needed to reach his potential after he won the English title on Thursday night.

Harrow Weald’s Smith dominated the previously unbeaten Peter Cope and won the vacant super featherweight belt by unanimous decision at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Smith, who is now 9-0, knocked down the durable and game Cope in round six on the way to a convincing victory, with the judges' scorecards reading 99-90, 100-89 and 100-90.

The 21-year-old has long been tipped as one of the brightest talents in British boxing and has been Southern Area champion since last year.

But speaking immediately after Thursday's fight, Smith told IFL TV: “I’m going to have the rest of the week off and then I’m back in the gym on Monday.

“I am living the life now, I'm living the dream and I know what I want.

“I won’t be fully at it when I’m back in the gym on Monday but I’ll be ticking over. I won’t let myself get out of shape.

“I have enjoyed looking at myself in the mirror and saying ‘yes, you look alright, you are ready to fight’.

“For the first time in my life I have looked at myself and thought ‘yes, you are ready for this. I am in good shape, I have come down in body fat and I have done it properly’.

“I am a very happy man tonight.”

Smith said there had been talk he would be back in the ring in September or October time.

Also on the Queensbury Promotions card was Oxhey Village-based Romeo Romaeo. The 18-year-old moved to 4-0 with a six-round points win over Simas Volosinas (4-18).

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