Boxer Jake Dodd books spot in Commonwealth quarterfinals after convincing display

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Jake Dodd of Team Wales celebrates victory in the Over 48kg-51kg (Flyweight) Round of 16 fight between Jake Dodd of Team Wales and Retselisitsoe Kolobe of Team Lesotho on day four of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at NEC Arena on August 01, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Jake Dodd of Team Wales celebrates victory in the Over 48kg-51kg (Flyweight) Round of 16 fight between Jake Dodd of Team Wales and Retselisitsoe Kolobe of Team Lesotho on day four of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at NEC Arena on August 01, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

By Josh Graham at the NEC, Birmingham

Former roller blader Jake Dodd is now getting his skates on in and out the ring after booking his spot in the Commonwealth Games quarterfinals.

Wrexham flyweight Dodd dispatched Lesotho’s Retselisitsoe Kolobe in a hurry with a second-round stoppage in his first Birmingham bout before revealing he is also pressed for time in his personal life.

Plumber Dodd, 27, only started boxing seven years ago after first walking into a gym because all his friends had stopped going to the skatepark.

And after hopefully bagging gold here for Wales, Dodd said he plans to dash home to finish a bathroom in time to go on holiday with his girlfriend, presumably to avoid her saying ‘See you later’ to the skater boy.

“Nothing comes easy at this stage so to stop him in the second round is great for my confidence,” said Dodd, who is one of over 1,100 elite athletes on UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Programme, allowing them to train full time, have access to the world’s best coaches and benefit from pioneering technology, science and medical support.

“I thought the referee stopped it at the right time as he was hurt, and I was taking control.

"Gold has got to be my ambition. I know I have the skills, so it is all about going there and proving it at the highest level.

“Lots of fighters talk a good game, but it is how you back it up those counts.

“I've got a 10-day bathroom to do the day after the Games finish. I leave here and go back to work on August 9 and go away with my girlfriend on holiday to Rhodes on August 19, so I am on a strict schedule.

"I'd better get it done as I need a holiday and so does the girlfriend."

Dodd, who fights again on Thursday, is fully in boxing mode with the only tools in his possession his destructive hands.

However, there are no days off in his profession, especially when a leak appears in the team hotel.

“Being a plumber is my job and I love it. There was a problem at our hotel, the Hilton in Birmingham, as a wet patch on the carpet appeared in my room on the first day,” explained Dodd, who is a legitimate contender for the podium after claiming British and Welsh titles.

“I noticed it was there again and getting bigger the next day. It was from the air-cooling system and was a leak as I had a look at it.

"If I had my tools here, I would have fixed it no problem. I showed them what it was and it's OK now.”

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