|Chris ‘The Mechanic’ Smith: “2008 will be my year!”
INTERVIEW By Benny Henderson Jr (Dec 25, 2007) Doghouse Boxing
Former welterweight contender Chris ‘The Mechanic’ Smith 21-4-1 (13) is aiming for the top, and now that the Jamaican born boxer has a solid team behind him, that being Sin City Boxing, he believes the peak is the only place he is heading, and 2008 will be his year.
For the past nine years, Smith, who now resides out of Queens, NY, has banged out a respectful career. Smith won nineteen consecutive bouts, and earned the NABA welterweight strap before dropping his first bout to
David Estrada in early 2005, and has had a see saw career since that point, but now the thirty-two year old pugilist is rejuvenated and with a new team behind him is ready to take it to the top.
In this exclusive interview conducted by the Doghouse, Chris talks about his recent win over Jonathan Tubbs, as well as his future, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: First off Chris I would like to thank you for taking the time out to speak to Doghouse Boxing, your time is greatly appreciated, now to business. Recently you earned a split decision victory over Jonathan Tubbs, give the readers your thoughts on the fight, as well as the outcome.
Chris Smith: The fight it self was a good one. It was far from a split decision though but the main thing was just getting back in the ring after almost a year and shaking the rust off and getting a victory.
BH: Coming off a two loss slide, the win over Tubbs had to be a boast for your morale, wouldn’t you say?
CS: It was after having some decisions go the other way against me. This was a much needed win.
BH: Tell us about the deal you signed with Sin City Boxing, how do you feel working with Nick Sampson, and Macke Roberts will affect your career?
CS: Well it is going to be great. The main thing is to be active, which is something I have not been able to do. It is one thing to try something and fail at it but its another thing to fail at something by default. That’s just horrible. You’re basically left with that question mark, I could have been a contender, I could have been someone lol. These guys Sampson and Roberts they’re going to provide me with the opportunity to be active.
BH: Now with a victory under your belt, what is next for you? You had a close one against Bundrage, does a rematch interest you at all, if so how would you approach this fight differently to secure you a victory?
CS: A fight with Bundrage does interest me. The first fight was exciting so the next one is sure to be a barn burner as well. That‘s what we as fighter’s aspire to do and that is put on great fights, well that’s what this fighter aspires to do at all times.
BH: What has been the hardest aspect of being a fighter?
CS: The hardest thing of been a fighter is not being able to fight. It’s been a year since I fought and it was not by choice. It just got to the point where you say can I call my self a boxer? How can I, if I’m not in the ring?
BH: What plans do you and your team have for 2008?
CS: Were going to contend for a title and win. You can put that in the bank!
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