23rd August 2011
Stephen Smith headlines the Liverpool Olympia on Saturday 17th September in the first defence of his British title, also putting his Commonwealth belt on the line against Welshman Lee Selby, which is to be shown live on Sky Sports.
The 26-year-old Smith beat John Simpson in their rematch in April to claim the prestigious Lonsdale belt and become the first Scouser to hold the title since Gary Thornhill over a decade ago.
Smith who is trained by Joe Gallagher is one of the most improved fighters on the British circuit and shown his potential in two bruising contests with Simpson to win and the commonwealth title and the the British in the rematch.
He is now unbeaten in 12 fights with 6 KO’s and will relish fighting infront of his home supporters again at the famous old circus arena The Olympia.
Selby, from Barry, is the Celtic champion, winning the belt after stooping Scotlands James Ancliff in 6 rounds last month and will be giving his all in this chance to storm the British rankings and claim an upset over Smith in what will be his 12th fight, 2 KO’s and 1 loss.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring as British and Commonwealth champion and defend my titles,” said Smith
“I’ve got so many ambitions in my career; one is to win the Lonsdale belt outright as I would love to own one of my own.
“I also want the European title to complete the set and I want the ultimate which is a world title.
“First I’ve got to deal with Selby who is a tough first defence and I was really impressed with his win over Ancliff, but he stepping up to a new league against me and he’ll know it on the night,” added Smith.
Stephen’s older brother Paul, the former British Super-Middleweight Champion, continues his comeback on the card in an eight rounder against Bristol’s Danny Butler; plus the youngest of the brothers, Liam, is out in six round contest as he targets his first title opportunity.
The hugely popular super-middleweight Rocky Fielding, a former Prizefighter winner, is back in action as well light-middleweight talent Joe Selkirk who impressed with his first round stoppage of Terry Carruthers in his last fight.
Former amateur star Paul Butler from Ellesmere Port, currently unbeaten in three fights, features in a four-round super-flyweight contest.
Welsh light-welterweight Lewis Rees made an impact in his debut in May when he stopped Sid Razak inside two rounds and also completes the Olympia show.
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