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Mitchell Smith Has Deep Mental Connection With Coach
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Super-featherweight ace Mitchell Smith and trainer Jason Rowland say their relationship is so close that its on a telepathic level.

The dynamic duo are preparing for their English title challenge at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday 12th April, with Smith - the current Southern Area Champion - facing unbeaten Peter Cope from Hartlepool, live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/HD 490 and Virgin Ch. 546).

Harrow Wealds Smith and Rowland, a former British and WBU World Light-Welterweight Champion, have been working together tightly together since Smith turned professional in June 2012 and is unbeaten in eight fights.

Smith said, Were very much alike in our thinking which might stem from me living in Jasons house for the first year of my career and spending hours and hours together in the gym and at home which has meant we have formed a very strong relationship. Its a special bond between a fighter and trainer,

When were in the gym he can anticipate everything that Im going to do and I can anticipate what he is going to say. Ill be throwing punches on the pads and it gets to the point where he doesnt have to say what combinations to throw, it just flows, its brilliant, its like were telepathic,

I trust Jason implicitly with my career. He knows his boxing, hes been there, seen it and done it, hes been involved in big British and World title fights, he understands when the going gets tough in a fight because hes been there,

Its another step up for me against Cope, weve had almost the same amount of fights, hes unbeaten and so am I, its going to be a cracking fight with another title on the line. Ill be too fast and strong for Cope though, hes tall at the weight but when he takes one of my shots I think hell know hes out of his depth,

The 22-year-old returned to action last month for the first time in five month following a hand injury, and blasted out unbeaten Welshman Mark Evans inside two rounds.

He added, Against Evans I showed that my hands are fine and Im raring to go this year. Winning the English title will be fantastic step up for me and give me a boost as I target a British title by the end of the year,

I aim to keep busy and put in the performances that keep my fans happy and the press writing about me.

Rowland, who retired from the ring over a decade ago, is delighted with Mitchells progress and has high hopes for the youngster. He said, We get on fantastic and the best thing is its made me a much better trainer,

Hell come into the gym looking to try something new on the pads or in sparring that hes thought of and I will have come up with the same thoughts as well, its unexplainable,

Im glad Ive got this special relationship with Mitchell and click the way we have. Im really excited with him and its hard not to get carried away because hes a super kid with phenomenal talent and I really believe hes British boxings next big thing,

Hes the all-round package, hes got a great boxing brain, he can punch hard, superb fitness, tremendous balance, but I feel his biggest attribute is his timing and distance and the way he can makes his opponents miss,

I really believe in him and I know he can go all the way to a world title.

Mitchell Smith features on a title-packed show alongside WBO European Super-Middleweight Frank Buglioni, Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion Tony Conquest, WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Champion Bradley Skeete and Vacant WBA International Super-Bantamweight Title Challenger Lewis Pettitt. An action-packed undercard features Chris Eubank Jnr., Eddie Chambers, Hughie Fury, Gary Corcoran, Tom Baker, Georgie Kean and the pro-debut of Simon Barclay.

Tickets for The Power Of London, priced from 40, are available from Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or www.eventim.co.uk

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