Paul Smith defends his British super middleweight title in an all Liverpool derby and has promised to knock out his cross city rival when the two clash at the Echo arena in the city.
A determined Smith, 27, has said he his confident he can knockout the former champion Dodson, 29, in their home city.
“Carl Froch knocked him out, Tony Quigley knocked him out and I’ll knock him out better than the other two did,” Smith told BBC Radio Merseyside.
“I’ve seen him spew it a few times. He’s been stopped four times.”
Former English middleweight champion Smith had been stung by Dodson’s suggestion that he is not large enough to be competing at the higher weight.
“Tony Quigley’s only probably a light-middleweight and he knocked him out,” said Smith.
“All the talk about size makes me laugh.
“Carl Froch wasn’t big enough for him, Tony Quigley wasn’t big enough for him, I’m not big enough for him.”
“I don’t see this one going the distance,” said the 27-year-old champion. “I’ve always said he’s too easy to hit and I had the proof after sparring with him.”
For his part, Dodson is sure his natural size advantage and greater experience at 168lbs will see him regain the Lonsdale belt.
“I think he’s a lazy super-middleweight,” said Dodson. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s working for him at the minute but come fight night he’s going to wish he’d stayed at middleweight.
“I really believe he’s moved up to super-middleweight as there’s more opportunities for titles because of the flourishing middleweight division.”
However, Dodson places no significance on the rounds shared by the pair in training a couple of years ago, and it appears he would relish inflicting the early finish predicted by his rival.
He added: “Sparring means nothing. We used to get on but some people forget themselves.
“He’s a self-made celebrity who thinks he’s great and I can’t wait to punch his lights out.”
ECHO ARENA BOXING CARD ORDER
7pm Light-middleweight (6×3): Thomas Costello v Lee Noble
7.30pm Super-featherweight (8×3): Stephen Smith v Jason Thomas
8.55pm Vacant Commonwealth Light-heavyweight Championship: Tony Bellew v Atoli Moore
* Floater Welterweight (4×3): Ronnie Heffron v Karl Taylor
10.05pm British Super- middleweight Championship: Paul Smith v Tony Dodson
Follows; Cruiserweight (8×3): Enzo Maccarinelli v Zoltan Czekus
* Floater Welterweight (4×3): Liam Smith v Billy Smith
* Floater Welterweight (4×3): John Thain v Kevin McCauley
* Floater Light-middleweight (6×3): Joe Selkirk v Manoo Salari
* Floater Super-middleweight (4×3): Tobias Webb v Lee Duncan