Stephen Smith returns home to defend title at the Olympia

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April 18, 2012

18th April 2012

Stephen Smith
Liverpool star Stephen Smith returns
to his home city on Friday 11th May to headline the Olympia, live on
BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

 
Smith will make the first defence of his WBO Intercontinental Super-Featherweight title against tough Spaniard Francisco Urena.

 
The 26-year-old is aiming to stay on
track for a rematch with Lee Selby who inflicted the first loss on his
record last September to take the Scouser’s British and Commonwealth
titles in one of the biggest domestic upsets of last year.

 
He roared back with back-to-back
first round wins over Arpad Vass in February and Ben Jones last month to
win the title and he’ll be keeping an eye on rival Selby who defends
his titles two weeks later in Newport.

 
And the Liverpool FC fanatic will be
looking to make it a hat-trick of first rounders against Urena who has
never been stopped in 21 fights.

 
Smith said, “I’m looking forward to
returning to Liverpool to fight in front of my loyal home fans again and
give them a good performance to show that I’m back to my best,”

 
“Urena looks like a tough
challenger, but I haven’t seen too much of him yet, from what I’ve heard
he likes to come forward which will play into my hands,”

 
“It would be great to stop him in
the first round, like the last two have gone, but I don’t go in looking
to end things early it’s just the way things have worked out and if I
see an opening I go for it,”

 
“Of course, I want the fight with
Selby again to have the chance to reclaim my titles and to put things
right and I know I’ll get him down the line,”

 
“I’m fighting regularly, keeping sharp and improving all the time so when I do face him I’ll beat him.”

 
The Olympia undercard features
unbeaten super-middleweight Rocky Fielding in an eight-rounder; unbeaten
light-middleweight prospect Joe Selkirk; Ellesmere Port super-flyweight
Paul Butler, plus Liverpool’s Andy Coulqhoun and Lyndon Newman.

 
Tickets are priced at £30, £40
and £60 and are available from Frank Warren Promotions on 01992 550 888
and Olympia Box Office on 0151 263 6633.
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