Bellew-Makabu: Dodd Guaranteed Spot, But No Cardle Rematch

By Elliot Foster

Sean Dodd may have been unfortunate to have not come out victorious in his British title fight last weekend, but he has been handed some good news.

The Birkenhead lightweight (10-2-1, 2 KOs) looked a shoe-in to grab the Lonsdale belt in a rematch with Scotty Cardle at the ECHO Arena on Saturday (April 2), before some strange scorecards were turned in by the three ringside judges that meant the champion kept his crown by way of a majority draw.

That’s the second time that Dodd, 31, was unlucky not to win domestic honours after being  so close –– before being stopped in the last round –– in his first fight with the 26-year-old Lytham St Annes man (19-0-1, 6 KOs) back in November.


But light has appeared at the end of the tunnel for ‘Masher’, who –– after the aforementioned Cardle defeat –– was considering his career as a home fighter and toyed with the idea of going on the road as a journeyman.

He has been guaranteed a spot on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s vacant WBC cruiserweight title clash against Ilunga Makabu on June 4 –– and will contest a title to be confirmed –– live on Sky Sports.

His coach, Danny Kelly, confirmed the news via social media, taking to Facebook to write: “Unfortunately there will be no [third fight] with Cardle, but Sean Dodd will be fighting for a title on the undercard of Tony Bellew [against Ilunga Makabu for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title].

“As soon as we have confirmation of the title, I will let everyone know.”

The venue for Bellew’s clash with Makabu and the supporting cast is still being worked on, with Everton’s Goodison Park stadium and the ECHO Arena the front runners to hold the event.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has told Boxing Scene that “we’re working on it, trying to close it all off” and that an announcement will “hopefully” be made “this week.”

Tags: Scott Cardle image   Sean Dodd image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kilrain on 04-05-2016

Fine by me, everyone agrees he won the rematch anyway. Don't particularly want to see Cardle running around the ring again. Was embarrassing the way he boxed through the first six the other night.

Comment by dan_cov on 04-05-2016

This is good news. Still doesn't make it right but its good too see him back on a big bill getting what I'd presume was a minor title shot.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Gary Russell: I Want To Unify Next or Move Up in Weight With Stevenson-Jack, Toronto Arrives As A True Fight City Photos: Pacquiao Grinds Hard With Buboy For Matthysse Fight McDonnell Hits Japan, Feels Confident of Shocking Naoya Inoue Omar Chavez: Other Fighters Have Lost - They Are Now Legends! Adonis Stevenson Admits: I Need To Be More Active Chavez Sr. Angry, Trainer Shakes Head at Omar Chavez Defeat Adonis Stevenson To Badou Jack: Rematch Must Be in Canada! Jack: I Wasn't Hitting Stevenson Low; He Had His Cup Really High Stevenson's Promoter Impressed With Badou Jack's Performance Joseph Diaz Has No Excuses: Gary Russell a Tremendous Fighter Gary Russell vs. Joseph Diaz - CompuBox Punch Stats Diego Magdaleno Grabs Win in Mexico, Hopes For Title Shot Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack - CompuBox Punch Stats Jack: Let's Do the Stevenson Rematch in Vegas, Sweden or the UK Tyson Fury Very Eager To Do a Job on Sefer Seferi on June 9 Photos: Eleider Alvarez Putting in Work For Sergey Kovalev Pacquiao is Pleased: Buboy Adapted The Style of Freddie Roach Photos: Gary Russell Shows His Class To Defeat Joseph Diaz Photos: Adonis Stevenson, Badou Jack - MONSTER Fight Gallery Warrington: Frampton in August is Too Soon, I Need More Time Jack Catterall: I Want The Winner of Flanagan vs. Hooker Ohara Davies Warms Up For Showdown With Josh Leather Video: Floyd Mayweather Reacts To The Stevenson-Jack Draw Adonis Stevenson: I Felt I Won, I Can Give Badou Jack a Rematch Video: Badou Jack Reacts To Draw Verdict With Adonis Stevenson Video: Adonis Stevenson Reacts To Draw Verdict With Jack Badou Jack: I Definitely Won, Maybe They Don't Like Mayweather Hekkie Budler Stuns Ryoichi Taguchi To Capture IBF, WBA Belts Mugicha Nakagawa Stops Ricky Manufoe To Win WBA Regional Boschiero Decisions Farouk Kourbanov For The EU Title in Italy Subriel Matias Breaks Down, Stops Adrian Estrella Jose Carlos Paz Shocks Omar Chavez With Unanimous Decision Adonis Stevenson, Badou Jack Battle To a Majority Draw Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gary Russell Decisions a Game Joseph Diaz, Retains WBC Title Gary Russell vs. Joseph Diaz - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Adonis Stevenson-Badou Jack - CompuBox Historical Review Firat Arslan Grabs Quick Knockout Win, Returns on June 16 Jack: I Asked for This Fight; Nothing Stevenson Has Scares Me!

Latest Active Forum Threads