Paul Smith shown true Liverpool grit in his last fight against derby rival Tony Dodson. In a grueling contest and Two cuts, two pints of blood lost ,and twelve rounds later, Smith had hung on to his beloved British super-middleweight title.
“The cuts are healing fine, the only one to worry about is on my eye and that has healed the best of the three. The rest are in my hair!” said Smith.
“I expect to be back in the ring July time. The Magee fight is a possibility but it’s all on Brian Magee. I want the fight, if he is willing to defend against me then the fight is a possibility. I rate Magee, I admire him and respect him BUT I feel I beat him and beat him well” added Smith..
Paul Smith started boxing at age nine with the Rotunda amateur boxing club Kirkdale in Liverpool, and fought in South Africa, Uzbekistan, and Denmark representing England as a young successfull amateur. (Paul with England coach Big Dave and boxing in Greece 2000)
In 2002 he won a silver medal for his country in the Commonwealth Games losing to Jean Pascal by 2 points; Paul was then picked up by Frank Warren and turned Pro.
(winning silver at the Commonwealth Games 2002, from left, Paul, Jean Pascal, Craig McEwan & Junior Greenidge)
Paul took time out to speak to British Boxers in the In the Ring With? series which will be a new feature for British Boxers where we a short bio and interviews with your favorite British fighters past and present.
What was your first gym and trainer?
Commonwealth Silver, Senior ABA Light middleweight Champion, 2 x Schools ABA Champion, 2 x Junior ABA champion. Medals in Multi-Nation tournaments for England Schools, Juniors and Seniors.
won 29 (KO 15) (KO 0) +
Central Area middleweight Champion, WBU International Middleweight Champion, English middleweight Champion, WBA International super middleweight Champion, Current British super middleweight Champion.
Toughest opponent you faced?
As an amateur I faced a few tough kids. Sam Webb, Jean Pascal, John Duddy, Lee Beavis and Reda Zam Zam to name a few
As a pro there’s been a few tough kids that have been hard to crack but none really stand out to mention individually.
Toughest Part of being a boxer?
Sacrifice and staying dedicated. Looking for the light at the end of the tunnel that doesn’t seem to be coming!
It’s all worth it in the end when my hand gets raised I suppose.
Who do you wish you had fought or want to fight?
There’s still people I’d LOVE to fight, obviously because they’re the best in the business. Carl Froch has done brilliantly for himself and it’s great to see a British lad doing the business on the elite scene. Good on him, it’s a fight I’d obviously love, I’m not ready just yet but as the question said, it’s on my wish-list!
Best fight you have seen?
Benn vs McClellan – Brilliant from the first bell. Warriors.
Live and in person it was Moore vs Macklin or Arthur vs Gomez. Brutal fights. Loved being part of the team on them both.
Dream Fight? who v who?
Tyson vs Ali. I feel a young 22 year old Tyson was unstoppable.
Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard
Favorite all time boxer, World and British?
World fighter is same as above. 22 year old Tyson or Sugar Ray Leonard – He had it all. What a fighter.
Favourite British fighter?
Probably Naz. He was special.
Favorite current fighter World and British?
World for me has to be Pacquiao. I love his attitude and obviously he can fight!
British is a tough one. I love watching Kevin Mitchell. I got slagged off years ago for saying he was a bit special, I think he’s got it all myself. I love watching lads I like doing well though, lads like Macklin and the rest of my mates. It’s important to keep some mates in this game!
What do you do when you are not Boxing?
I spend as much time as I can at home. I’m a bit of a hermit and hardly move. I love my home life and like relaxing. I race pigeons too! Love that and have done since I was about 6 years old.
Tony Bellew, Paul Edwards, Joe Selkirk…. They’re local to me.
Nationally I’d say Mitchell, Macklin, Cleverley, Brook, Murray and Barker.
My son. My family. Basically just winning and being the best, making them proud of me. I get out of the ring and as long as I have my belt or a new one, to see every one’s faces when they look at me makes me happy. Making my family proud keeps me motivated.
There’s not much now to be changed, I feel boxing certainly in Britain is very safe and health conscious. Maybe on the world scene one or two of the governing bodies take the piss with these bogus titles they make up for a sanctioning fee, but we have no control over that.
All kinds. I have a pretty big collection of music. i used to DJ but have always been a fan of all music.
The Secret. Great book. I read now and then, keeps the mind stimulated.
Braveheart, Vanilla Sky, Rocky’s, Goodfellas, Casino. Loads really.
God knows. Anyone who did a proper Scouse accent…. It’s a hard one to do properly!
Pasta or steak and potatoes.
Football – Liverpool
My brothers, gym mates, Macklin…. Loads. We’re lucky in boxing there’s loads of lads you meet who are diamonds. I’d be here all day naming them
Rachel McAdams – Tidy 😉
Gordon Ramsay – To cook whatever we caught.
Mark Knopfler – so we had someone who could play anything great on a guitar.
Not many people know that I race my pigeons, but I said it before so now they do!
On achievement it has to be Hatton or Lewis.
Whether people agree or not is another thing.
There’s been some great fighters and I wouldn’t disrespect them by giving my opinion on who’d have beaten who!
I think the site is keen, and that’s half the battle. You fire interviews out there and half the time it is better than getting the emails requesting, then the email to confirm an interview being arranged, then the interview actually happening! Keep it going and good luck with it!
Boxing without doubt
Lewis no contest
Mayweather would beat him but I’m a Pacquiao fan.
“If you go there in the mind, you’ll go there in the body”
Hopefully a European title and a world title. That’s the dream and I’ll give it my all to make it come true!
Thanks for the interview, good luck with the site and THANK YOU to all my support, friends and family. Team Smith 😉