Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I'LL BE BACK WITH A BANG, VOWS TRUSSY; Boxing

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I'LL BE BACK WITH A BANG, VOWS TRUSSY; Boxing

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Byline: ADAM STEEL

PAUL Truscott has vowed to put his "dreadful" defeat to Gary Buckland behind him by claiming a big victory against Stephen Smith on November 9. Middlesbrough's Truscott faces Scouser Smith over 12 rounds for the WBO Inter-Continental superfeatherweight title at Liverpool Olympia.

The contest will be Truscott's first since a one-sided unanimous points defeat to British champion Buckland in March, and the 26-year-old is determined to redeem himself with a winning display.

"I was dreadful against Buckland," said the former Commonwealth featherweight champion.

"I haven't even watched it and I probably never will because I'm that upset with myself. I had no energy to do anything.

"For that fight and my second fight against John Simpson I over-trained and left it all in the gym, but at least I showed a bit of heart against Simpson.

"But I'm going to be 100% for this one because nothing less will do.

"At my best I'm convinced I have the beating of Smith."

Truscott admits the Merseyside date against an opponent he rates highly and considers a friend is crucial to his career.

Smith has previously held the Commonwealth and British featherweight titles and holds two controversial wins over John Simpson, who inflicted two of Truscott's three professional losses.

Truscott said: "It's all or nothing, because where am I going to go if I don't get the right result? "I'll be on the sidelines for eight months because I'm too high a risk and not enough reward.

"Smith is a top class fighter, strong and determined, and we know each other from England junior squads in the amateurs.

"I regard him as a friend and we will only have good words to say about each other, but business is business. And the most exciting part is that I love the fact I'm going into the lion's den.

"Every time I did that as an amateur I produced my best performances.

"I haven't had the chance to do that as a professional yet. I've always either boxed on neutral ground or had home advantage."

Truscott has reunited with long-time coach Denis Power after initially deciding he needed a change of scenery in the summer. …

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