Paul Smith (boxer)
Smith in 2011
|Real name||Paul Smith Jr.|
|Nickname(s)||Real Gone Kid|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
6 October 1982 |
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
|Wins by KO||22|
|Associated acts||Mike Di Scala|
Paul Smith Jr. (born 6 October 1982) is a British professional boxer. He held the English middleweight title in 2008; the British super-middleweight title twice between 2009 and 2014; and has challenged three times for a super-middleweight world title between 2014 and 2017.
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.
Smith vs. Quigley
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 vs. Dodson
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 vs. DeGale
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 title.
Smith vs. Groves
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.
Smith vs. Abraham
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."
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|45 fights||38 wins||7 losses|
|45||Loss||38–7||Tyron Zeuge||UD||12||17 Jun 2017||Rittal Arena, Wetzlar, Germany||For WBA (Regular) and GBU super-middleweight titles|
|44||Win||38–6||Daniel Regi||TKO||5 (6), 2:16||10 Sep 2016||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|43||Win||37–6||Bartlomiej Grafka||PTS||6||29 May 2016||Goodison Park, Liverpool, England|
|42||Win||36–6||Bronislav Kubin||TKO||3 (6), 0:25||7 May 2016||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|41||Loss||35–6||Andre Ward||TKO||9 (12), 1:46||20 Jun 2015||Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, US|
|40||Loss||35–5||Arthur Abraham||UD||12||21 Feb 2015||O2 World Arena, Berlin, Germany||For WBO super-middleweight title|
|39||Loss||35–4||Arthur Abraham||UD||12||27 Sep 2014||Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Germany||For WBO super-middleweight title|
|38||Win||35–3||David Sarabia||TKO||2 (8), 1:17||17 May 2014||Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales|
|37||Win||34–3||Jamie Ambler||PTS||6||14 Dec 2013||ExCeL, London, England|
|36||Win||33–3||Tony Dodson||TKO||6 (12), 2:31||29 Jun 2013||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England||Won vacant British super-middleweight title|
|35||Win||32–3||Tommy Tolan||RTD||4 (6), 3:00||11 Sep 2012||Olympia, Liverpool, England|
|34||Loss||31–3||George Groves||TKO||2 (12), 1:18||11 May 2011||Wembley Arena, London, England||For British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles|
|33||Win||31–2||Paul Samuels||TKO||1 (8), 2:22||17 Sep 2011||Olympia, Liverpool, England|
|32||Win||30–2||Jozsef Matolcsi||KO||1 (8), 0:58||21 May 2011||The O2 Arena, London, England|
|31||Loss||29–2||James DeGale||TKO||9 (12), 2:08||11 Dec 2010||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Lost British super-middleweight title|
|30||Win||29–1||Tony Dodson||UD||12||12 Mar 2010||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Retained British super-middleweight title|
|29||Win||28–1||Tony Quigley||SD||12||30 Oct 2009||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Won British super-middleweight title|
|28||Win||27–1||Michal Bilak||PTS||8||18 Jul 2009||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|27||Win||26–1||Rashid Matumla||TKO||2 (12), 2:35||14 Mar 2009||MEN Arena, Manchester, England||Won vacant WBA International super-middleweight title|
|26||Win||25–1||Ciaran Healy||PTS||6||12 Dec 2008||Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England|
|25||Win||24–1||Danny Thornton||KO||6 (8), 2:50||9 Jun 2008||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|24||Loss||23–1||Steven Bendall||PTS||10||21 Jun 2008||National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England||Lost English middleweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Cello Renda||TKO||6 (10), 1:55||3 Aug 2008||The O2 Arena, London, England||Won vacant English middleweight title|
|22||Win||22–0||Francis Cheka||PTS||8||12 Aug 2007||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England|
|21||Win||21–0||David Banks||SD||5||10 Sep 2007||The Contender Arena, Los Angeles, California, US||Part of The Contender series 3|
|20||Win||20–0||Jonathan Reid||TKO||7 (8), 1:21||30 Mar 2007||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England||Part of The Contender Challenge: UK vs. USA|
|19||Win||19–0||Alexander Polizzi||TKO||8 (12)||3 Oct 2007||Liverpool Olympia|
|18||Win||18–0||Ryan Walls||TKO||4 (8), 2:48||18 Nov 2006||Newport Centre, Newport, Wales|
|17||Win||17–0||Dean Walker||TKO||3 (10), 2:49||14 Oct 2006||MEN Arena, Manchester, England||Won vacant British Central Area middleweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Conroy McIntosh||PTS||8||6 Jan 2006||Metrodome, Barnsley, England|
|15||Win||15–0||Hussain Osman||TKO||4 (6), 2:00||3 Nov 2006||Newport Centre, Newport, Wales|
|14||Win||14–0||Simeon Cover||PTS||6||6 Mar 2005||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|13||Win||13–0||Rob Burton||KO||1 (6), 1:54||2 Nov 2005||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|12||Win||12–0||Howard Clarke||KO||1 (6), 2:11||17 Dec 2004||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England|
|11||Win||11–0||Jason Collins||TKO||1 (6), 1:42||10 Jan 2004||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|10||Win||10–0||Ojay Abrahams||PTS||4||9 Oct 2004||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England|
|9||Win||9–0||Steve Timms||TKO||1 (6), 2:57||6 Dec 2004||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|8||Win||8–0||Howard Clarke||PTS||4||4 Mar 2004||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|7||Win||7–0||Davy Jones||PTS||4||26 Feb 2004||Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England|
|6||Win||6–0||Joel Ani||PTS||4||13 Dec 2003||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|5||Win||5–0||Mike Duffield||TKO||1 (4), 2:41||10 Feb 2003||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England|
|4||Win||4–0||Patrick Cito||PTS||4||29 Aug 2003||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England|
|3||Win||3–0||Silver Fox||TKO||2 (4), 2:40||20 Jun 2003||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England|
|2||Win||2–0||Andrey Ivanov||TKO||2 (4), 1:00||8 May 2003||Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England|
|1||Win||1–0||Howard Clarke||PTS||4||5 Apr 2003||MEN Arena, Manchester, England||Professional debut|
As well as being a boxer, Smith 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.
- "ABA Light Middleweight Champions – BoxRec".
- "ABA Light Welterweight Champions – BoxRec".
- "Great Britain Champs 2010".
- "Great Britain Champs 2011".
- "ABA Featherweight Champions – BoxRec".
- "17.Commonwealth Games – Manchester, England – July 27 – August 4 2002".
- "Smith stunned by Bendall defeat". Icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk. 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
- "Paul Smith robbed in fight against Arthur Abraham in Germany as Eddie Hearn calls judges' verdicts 'a disgrace'".
- "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.
|Amateur boxing titles|
|ABA light-middleweight champion
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byDean Walker
|British Central Area middleweight champion
14 October 2006 – 8 March 2008
Won English title
Title next held byJez Wilson
Title last held byWayne Elcock
|English middleweight champion
8 March 2008 – 21 June 2008
Title last held byPaul Muyodi
|WBA International super-middleweight champion
14 March 2009 – May 2010
Title next held byJames DeGale
|British super-middleweight champion
30 October 2009 – 11 December 2010
Title last held byKenny Anderson
|British super-middleweight champion
29 June 2013 – September 2014
Title next held byCallum Smith