Date of Birth: 28/6/84
Record: 17-6-1 (3KOs)
Height: 5ft 7in
‘MASHER’ DODD’S personality and wise-cracking outlook on life has won him as much support as his fighting prowess. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is brutally honest about a chequered past where he has confessed cannabis addiction.
He had a very good amateur career and finally turned professional in 2012. Dodd has held Commonwealth and WBC International Lightweight titles.
Who would have thought his career would have taken such a turn for the better, when after winning his first eight fights he was upset by Andy Townend in a Central Area tussle, back in May 2014?
A shock win over Gary Buckland two fights later triggered his career and saw him become one of Sky Sports most popular fighting characters.
In November 2015, Dodd had his first major title crack challenging British champion, Scott Cardle. sparking controversy and a fierce rivalry.
Dodd was moments away from becoming champion, when he was floored. Although he got up quickly, referee Terry O’Connor controversially stopped the bout. Cardle admitted Dodd deserved a return, and five months later they returned to Liverpool’s Echo Arena and fought a majority draw, meaning the champion clung onto his title again.
Just a few weeks later in May 2016, ‘Masher” finally got his hands on a title outpointing Italian Pasquale Di Silvio to win the WBC International title. He defended that just once, winning a split decision against Di Silvio’s excellent countryman, Francesco Patera.
Dodd picked up the Commonwealth belt when he outpointed Lee Appleyard in May 2017 setting up a first defence against fellow Liverpudlian, Thomas Stalker. ‘Masher’ was on top form against the former GB Olympic captain clearly winning on points over the 12 rounds and ending Stalker’s fighting career.
He lost that title to VIP stablemate Tommy Coyle who stopped him in six rounds, and defeats against Joe Cordina and Jordan Ellison followed.
Dodd kept his hopes of another big fight alive with a technical win over Tom Farrell in November 2019 when his rival was ruled out because of a badly cut forehead.
He returned alongside three VIP stablemates in a eight-man Boxxer tournament in November 2021 and was desperately unlucky to be beaten in the first round, dropping a controversial decision against eventual winner Cori Gibbs.
Dodd can only take positives after such a good performance in the three round fight and a return with Farrell looks real for 2021.