Paul Smith (boxer)
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|Real name||Paul Smith, Jr.|
|Nickname(s)||Real Gone Kid|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Reach||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
6 October 1982 |
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
|Wins by KO||20|
|Birth name||Paul Smith, Jr.|
|Occupation(s)||Disc jockey, remixer, songwriter|
|Associated acts||Mike Di Scala|
Paul Smith, Jr. (born 6 October 1982) is a British professional boxer. He is a two-time and current British super middleweight champion, a former English middleweight champion, and a world title challenger.
Smith started boxing at age nine with the Rotunda amateur boxing club and fought in South Africa, Uzbekistan, and Denmark representing England. He comes from a family of boxers and he and his brothers (Stephen, Liam, and Callum) became the first group of siblings to all win ABA titles. Paul won silver medals for his country in the 2001 Copenhagen Cup and 2002 Commonwealth Games, losing to Jean Pascal by two points; Smith was then picked up by Frank Warren and turned professional.
Smith's career has featured many bouts held mainly in the UK, Germany and the USA. He has faced Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham for the WBO Super-Middleweight title twice. The first was a controversial decision.
On 4 September 2007, Smith joined nine other boxing hopefuls as members of season three of The Contender. Smith fought rival David Banks from Portland, Oregon, and ended with a win for Smith by split-decision. However, since Smith had the lowest point total out of the remaining boxers, he was disqualified. The victory over David Banks was fought in Pasadena, California and was broadcast on ESPN and ITV; Ray Leonard said Smith let his anger take away from his ability. Smith was left with two cuts, one on his nose and another around his eye; this meant he was medically unfit to continue the contest regardless of performance.
Smith returned to England and defeated Cello Renda to win the vacant English middleweight title. He lost the title in his very next fight against Steven Bendall on 21 June 2008 in Birmingham, England, on a much contested points decision.
On 30 October 2009, Smith challenged Tony Quigley for the British super-middleweight title in Liverpool's Echo Arena. Quigley was the holder of the British title after defeating Tony Dodson only months earlier at the same venue. The fight was a tight affair with Smith eventually winning via split decision over 12 rounds thus crowning him the new British super-middleweight title holder.
Smith's first defense of his title came in his thirtieth professional contest at the Echo Arena, Liverpool on 12 March 2010, against Tony Dodson. Smith won again, this time via a unanimous 12 round decision.
Smith boxed Beijing 2008 gold medalist, James DeGale at the Echo Arena, Liverpool on 11 December 2012, the fight was stopped in the ninth round, causing Smith to lose his British super-middleweight crown.
Smith, once again challenged for the British title against George Groves, after two first round stoppage wins since his defeat to James DeGale. The bout took place in Groves' native London at the Wembley Arena on 5 November 2011. Smith won the opening round on all three judges cards and landed a hard shot on Groves towards the end of the round. One minute into the second round, however, a lead overhand right from Groves to Smith's jaw floored him. Smith was able to beat the count only to be dropped again, forcing the referee to halt the contest.
On the 27th September 2014, Smith fought WBO Super-Middleweight title holder Arthur Abraham in Kiel, Germany. Despite arguably outworking Abraham for the full 12 rounds, the judges ruled in the Armenian's favour by scores of 119–109, 117–111 and 117–110. Many ringside observers saw the fight as being far closer than the judges ruled it and Smith's promoter Eddie Hearn labelled the judges scores a "disgrace".
Smith is currently without a promoter after making a statement on Twitter on Friday 8 November confirming that on 1 November 2013 he had written to Frank Warren terminating his bi-lateral joint manager/promotional agreement with Warren and Queensberry promotions.
Professional boxing record
|41 fights, 35 wins (20 knockouts), 6 losses (3 knockouts)|
|N/A||N/A||Denis Douglin||N/A||- (12)||2016-02-27||Manchester Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester|
|Loss||35–6||Andre Ward||TKO||9 (12), 1:46||2015-06-20||Oracle Arena, Oakland, California||172 lbs catchweight.|
|Loss||35–5||Arthur Abraham||UD||12||2015-02-21||O2 World Arena, Kiel, Kreuzberg, Berlin||For WBO super middleweight title|
|Loss||35–4||Arthur Abraham||UD||12||2014-09-27||Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein||For WBO super middleweight title|
|Win||35–3||David Sarabia||TKO||2 (8)||2014-05-17||Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales|
|Win||34–3||Jamie Ambler||UD||6||2013-12-14||ExCeL London|
|Win||33–3||Tony Dodson||TKO||2:31, 6 (12)||2013/06/29||USN Bolton Arena, Bolton||Won vacant British super middleweight title|
|Win||32–3||Tommy Tolan||RTD||3.00, 4 (6)||11-09-2012||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool|
|Loss||31–3||George Groves||TKO||1.18, 2 (12)||11-05-2011||Wembley Arena, London||For British and Commonwealth super middleweight title|
|Win||31–2||Paul Samuels||TKO||2.22, 1 (8)||09-17-2011||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool|
|Win||30–2||Jozsef Matolcsi||KO||0.58, 1 (8)||05-21-2011||O2 Arena, London|
|Loss||29–2||James Degale||TKO||2.08, 9 (12)||10-11-2010||Echo Arena, Liverpool||Lost British super middleweight title|
|Win||29–1||Tony Dodson||UD||12||03-12-2010||Echo Arena, Liverpool||Retained British super middleweight title|
|Win||28–1||Tony Quigley||SD||12||10-30-2009||Echo Arena, Liverpool||Won British super middleweight title|
|Win||27–1||Michal Bilak||PTS||8||07-18-2009||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester|
|Win||26–1||Rashid Matumla||TKO||2.35, 2 (12)||03-14-2009||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester||Won vacant WBA International super middleweight title|
|Win||25–1||Ciaran Healy||PTS||6||12-12-2008||Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes|
|Win||24–1||Danny Thornton||KO||2.50, 6 (8)||09-06-2008||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester|
|Loss||23–1||Steven Bendall||PTS||10||06-21-2008||National Indoor Arena, Birmingham||Lost British middleweight title|
|Win||23–0||Cello Renda||TKO||1.55, 6 (10)||03-08-2008||O2 Arena, London||Won vacant British middleweight title|
|Win||22–0||Francis Cheka||PTS||8||12-08-2007||Bolton Arena, Bolton|
|Win||21–0||David Banks||SD||5||10-09-2007||The Contender Arena, Los Angeles||Part of The Contender series 3|
|Win||20–0||Jonathan Reid||TKO||1.21, 7 (8)||03-30-2007||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle||Part of The Contender Challenge: UK vs. USA|
|Win||19–0||Alexander Polizzi||TKO||1.08, 8 (12)||03-10-2007||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool||Won vacant WBU International middleweight title|
|Win||18–0||Ryan Walls||TKO||2.48, 4 (8)||11-18-2006||Newport Leisure Centre, Newport|
|Win||17–0||Dean Walker||TKO||2.49, 3 (10)||10-14-2006||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester||Won vacant British Central Area middleweight title|
|Win||16–0||Conroy McIntosh||PTS||8||06-01-2006||Metrodome, Barnsley|
|Win||15–0||Hussain Osman||TKO||2.00, 4 (6)||03-11-2006||Newport Leisure Centre, Newport|
|Win||14–0||Simeon Cover||PTS||6||06-03-2005||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester|
|Win||13–0||Rob Burton||KO||1.54, 1 (6)||02-11-2005||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester|
|Win||12–0||Howard Clarke||KO||2.11, 1 (6)||12-17-2004||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool|
|Win||11–0||Jason Collins||TKO||1.42, 1 (6)||10-01-2004||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester|
|Win||10–0||Ojay Abrahams||PTS||4||09-10-2004||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool|
|Win||9–0||Steve Timms||TKO||2.57, 1 (6)||06-12-2004||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester|
|Win||8–0||Howard Clarke||PTS||4||04-03-2004||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester|
|Win||7–0||Davy Jones||PTS||4||02-26-2004||Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes|
|Win||6–0||Joel Ani||PTS||4||12-13-2003||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester|
|Win||5–0||Mike Duffield||TKO||2.41, 1 (4)||10-02-2003||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool|
|Win||4–0||Patrick Cito||PTS||4||08-29-2003||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool|
|Win||3–0||Silver Fox||TKO||2.40, 2 (4)||06/20/2003||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool|
|Win||2–0||Andrey Ivanov||TKO||1.00, 2 (4)||05-08-2003||Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes|
|Win||1–0||Howard Clarke||PTS||4||04-05-2003||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester||Professional debut|
As well as being a boxer, Paul Smith Jnr is a resident DJ at the 'Society' nightclub in Liverpool. He co-wrote the Ultrabeat song "Better Than Life", with Mike Di Scala and has remixed the song "Falling Stars (Waiting For A Star To Fall)" by Sunset Strippers, also with Di Scala.
-  paul 2002 lt mddl aba
-  liam 2008 lt mddl aba
-  callum 2010 gb title
-  callum 2011 gb title
-  Stephen 2006 and 2007 ftrwt aba
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- record at boxrec
- "Club Society website". Societyuk.com. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
- "Paul Smith Jnr.". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
- "Biography at boxrec.com". boxrec.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013.