Stephen Smith (boxer)

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Stephen Smith
StephenSwiftySmith.jpg
Statistics
Real nameStephen Smith
Nickname(s)Swifty
Rated atFeatherweight
Super Featherweight
Height1.73 m
NationalityBritish
Born(1985-07-22) 22 July 1985 (age 28)
Liverpool
Boxing record
Total fights19
Wins18
Wins by KO11
Losses1
Draws0
No contests0
 
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Stephen Smith
StephenSwiftySmith.jpg
Statistics
Real nameStephen Smith
Nickname(s)Swifty
Rated atFeatherweight
Super Featherweight
Height1.73 m
NationalityBritish
Born(1985-07-22) 22 July 1985 (age 28)
Liverpool
Boxing record
Total fights19
Wins18
Wins by KO11
Losses1
Draws0
No contests0
Stephen Smith
Medal record
Competitor for  United Kingdom
Commonwealth Games
Gold2006 MelbourneFeatherweight
European Amateur Championships
Bronze2006 PlovdivFeatherweight

Stephen Smith (born 22 July 1985) is an English professional boxer from Liverpool, England, competing in the super featherweight division. He is currently promoted by Matchroom Sport. He is the reigning British super featherweight champion and former British and Commonwealth featherweight champion.

Amateur career[edit]

A distinguished amateur with over 150 fights, Smith represented Rotunda ABC and achieved fame at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne when he defeated Mehrullah Lassi in the final to win Commonwealth Gold. He also won a bronze medal at the 2006 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Plovdiv, losing in the semi-final of that tournament to Albert Selimov. He also won the ABA championships in 2005 and 2006, the Four Nations in 2006 and Gold at the 2007 Commonwealth Federation Championships held in Liverpool.[1]

At the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago, USA he was defeated in the first round losing 20:14 to German Marcel Herfurth, in a tournament in which he had been expected to perform well.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Smith turned professional on 21 June 2008 and stopped Shaun Walton in the 3rd round at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.[3] Like his brother he signed for Warren's Sports Network[4] and has since had a further 11 fights, all wins.

Smith became Commonwealth featherweight champion after he edged a points verdict over John Simpson in a tight scrap in Glasgow on 4 September 2010. A 114-116, 116-114, 116-112 decision was announced following a gruelling battle. During the re-match on 27 April 2011, Smith once again won on points with judges scores of 114-114, 115-114 and 118-112. However Simpson argued the judges scores were off target.

Smith fought the Welsh challenger Lee Selby on 17 September 2011, in a British and Commonwealth title defence at the Olympia, Liverpool where he was stopped in the 8th round by a Selby left hand.

Since losing to Selby, Smith fought Arpad Vass in the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany on 18 February 2012 winning via KO in Round 1. On 2 March 2012 Smith fought Ben Jones at The Troxy in London winning that fight via TKO in Round 1. On 1 June 2012 Smith fought for the third time in 2012 against Jose Luis Graterol at the York Hall winning again this time on points over 8 rounds.

Smith was due to fight on 8 March 2013 on the undercard of Yaqub Kareem v Paul Butler at the Liverpool Olympia however the fightt was rescheduled to 12 April 2013. On 8 April 2013 Frank Warren confirmed that the event had been cancelled.

Smith fought for the first time in 13 months on 28 June 2013 against Eddie Nebitt of Belfast at the Liverpool Olympia and won via KO in Round 1. His next fight will be on 17 August 2013 against Gary Buckland at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Smith won the British Super featherweight title after he KO'd Buckland in Round 5.

Promotions Change[edit]

In October 2013 Smith announced he was breaking his contract with Frank Warren and signing with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom organisation. Warren took action through the courts and with the British Boxing Board of Control against Smith's contract termination.

On 31 October 2013 Smith was ordered by the British Boxing Board of Control to fight on 7 December 2013 in Liverpool under the Frank Warren promotion, Smith refused and relinquished his belt, the following day Smith was suspended by the BBBoC pending further investigation into his and Eddie Hearn's conduct in the switch.

On 15 November 2013 Smith was handed back his license by the BBBoC and his first fight under Matchroom promotions was confirmed to be against Sergio Manuel Medina on the undercard of the Carl Froch v George Groves at Manchester's Phones 4u arena on 23 November 2013, Smith won the fight via KO in Round 8 and won the vacant WBC International Silver super featherweight title.

Professional boxing record[edit]

18 Wins (11 knockouts, 7 decision), 1 Losses, 0 Draws
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Win18-1Argentina Sergio Manuel MedinaKO8 (10)23 November 2013England Phones4u Arena, Manchester, United KingdomWon vacant WBC International Silver super featherweight title
Win17-1Wales Gary BucklandKO5 (12)17 August 2013Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, WalesWon BBBofC British super featherweight title
Win16-1Republic of Ireland Eddie NesbittKO1 (6)28 June 2013England Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England
Win15-1Venezuela Jose Luis GraterolPTS81 June 2012England York Hall, London, England
Win14-1England Ben JonesTKO1 (12)2 March 2012England The Troxy, London, EnglandWon WBO Intercontinental super featherweight title
Win13-1Hungary Arpad VassKO1 (8)18 February 2012Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
Loss12-1Wales Lee SelbyTKO8 (12)17 September 2011England Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, EnglandLost BBBofC British featherweight title, Commonwealth featherweight title
Win12-0Scotland John SimpsonMD1227 April 2011England Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, EnglandWon BBBofC British featherweight title
Win11-0Scotland John SimpsonSD124 September 2010Scotland Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, ScotlandWon Commonwealth featherweight title
Win10-0Wales Jason ThomasTKO1 (8)12 March 2010England Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Win9-0England Chris RileyPTS45 December 2009England Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
Win8-0Scotland Gavin ReidPTS830 October 2009England Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Win7-0Hungary Zsolt NagyPTS622 May 2009England York Hall, London, England
Win6-0England Steve GethinRTD1 (4)28 February 2009England National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England
Win5-0England Anthony HannaPTS412 December 2008England Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England
Win4-0England Sid RazakTKO3 (4)31 October 2008England Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham, England
Win3-0England Robin DeakinTKO2 (4)10 October 2008England Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England
Win2-0Moldova Wladimir BorovTKO1 (4)6 September 2008England MEN Arena, Manchester, England
Win1-0England Shaun WaltonKO3 (4)21 June 2008England National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, EnglandProfessional debut

Genealogical information[edit]

Stephen Smith is the younger brother of the boxer; Paul Smith, and the older brother of the boxers; Liam Smith, and Callum Smith.[5]

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