Paul Smith (boxer)

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Paul Smith
Statistics
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)
Nationality British
Born (1982-10-06) 6 October 1982 (age 33)
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 41
Wins 35
Wins by KO 20
Losses 6
Paul Smith
Birth name Paul Smith, Jr.
Genres Commercial dance
Occupation(s) Disc jockey, remixer, songwriter
Years active 2004–present
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.

Boxing career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

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.[1][2][3][4][5] Paul won silver medals for his country in the 2001 Copenhagen Cup[6] and 2002 Commonwealth Games, losing to Jean Pascal by two points;[7] Smith was then picked up by Frank Warren and turned professional.

Professional career[edit]

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 10 March 2007, he KO'd the Belgian, Alexander Polizzi in Liverpool, winning the WBU international middleweight title in the eighth round.

On 20 March 2007, Smith took part in boxing's answer to Golf's Ryder Cup fighting American Jonathan Reid; the Nashville, Tennessee resident lost to Smith on a technical knockout.

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.[8]

Tony Quigley[edit]

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.

Tony Dodson[edit]

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.

James DeGale[edit]

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.

George Groves[edit]

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.

Arthur Abraham[edit]

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".[9]

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[edit]

41 fights, 35 wins (20 knockouts), 6 losses (3 knockouts)[10]
Res. Record Opponent Type Time, Round Date Location Notes
N/A N/A United States Denis Douglin N/A - (12) 2016-02-27 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester
Loss 35–6 United States Andre Ward TKO 9 (12), 1:46 2015-06-20 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California 172 lbs catchweight.
Loss 35–5 Germany Arthur Abraham UD 12 2015-02-21 Germany O2 World Arena, Kiel, Kreuzberg, Berlin For WBO super middleweight title
Loss 35–4 Germany Arthur Abraham UD 12 2014-09-27 Germany Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein For WBO super middleweight title
Win 35–3 Spain David Sarabia TKO 2 (8) 2014-05-17 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
Win 34–3 United Kingdom Jamie Ambler UD 6 2013-12-14 United Kingdom ExCeL London
Win 33–3 United Kingdom Tony Dodson TKO 2:31, 6 (12) 2013/06/29 United Kingdom USN Bolton Arena, Bolton Won vacant British super middleweight title
Win 32–3 Republic of Ireland Tommy Tolan RTD 3.00, 4 (6) 11-09-2012 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool
Loss 31–3 United Kingdom George Groves TKO 1.18, 2 (12) 11-05-2011 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London For British and Commonwealth super middleweight title
Win 31–2 United Kingdom Paul Samuels TKO 2.22, 1 (8) 09-17-2011 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool
Win 30–2 Hungary Jozsef Matolcsi KO 0.58, 1 (8) 05-21-2011 United Kingdom O2 Arena, London
Loss 29–2 United Kingdom James Degale TKO 2.08, 9 (12) 10-11-2010 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool Lost British super middleweight title
Win 29–1 United Kingdom Tony Dodson UD 12 03-12-2010 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool Retained British super middleweight title
Win 28–1 United Kingdom Tony Quigley SD 12 10-30-2009 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool Won British super middleweight title
Win 27–1 Czech Republic Michal Bilak PTS 8 07-18-2009 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester
Win 26–1 Tanzania Rashid Matumla TKO 2.35, 2 (12) 03-14-2009 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester Won vacant WBA International super middleweight title
Win 25–1 Republic of Ireland Ciaran Healy PTS 6 12-12-2008 United Kingdom Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes
Win 24–1 United Kingdom Danny Thornton KO 2.50, 6 (8) 09-06-2008 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester
Loss 23–1 United Kingdom Steven Bendall PTS 10 06-21-2008 United Kingdom National Indoor Arena, Birmingham Lost British middleweight title
Win 23–0 United Kingdom Cello Renda TKO 1.55, 6 (10) 03-08-2008 United Kingdom O2 Arena, London Won vacant British middleweight title
Win 22–0 Tanzania Francis Cheka PTS 8 12-08-2007 United Kingdom Bolton Arena, Bolton
Win 21–0 United States David Banks SD 5 10-09-2007 United States The Contender Arena, Los Angeles Part of The Contender series 3
Win 20–0 United States Jonathan Reid TKO 1.21, 7 (8) 03-30-2007 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Part of The Contender Challenge: UK vs. USA
Win 19–0 Belgium Alexander Polizzi TKO 1.08, 8 (12) 03-10-2007 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool Won vacant WBU International middleweight title
Win 18–0 United Kingdom Ryan Walls TKO 2.48, 4 (8) 11-18-2006 United Kingdom Newport Leisure Centre, Newport
Win 17–0 United Kingdom Dean Walker TKO 2.49, 3 (10) 10-14-2006 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester Won vacant British Central Area middleweight title
Win 16–0 United Kingdom Conroy McIntosh PTS 8 06-01-2006 United Kingdom Metrodome, Barnsley
Win 15–0 Syria Hussain Osman TKO 2.00, 4 (6) 03-11-2006 United Kingdom Newport Leisure Centre, Newport
Win 14–0 United Kingdom Simeon Cover PTS 6 06-03-2005 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester
Win 13–0 United Kingdom Rob Burton KO 1.54, 1 (6) 02-11-2005 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester
Win 12–0 United Kingdom Howard Clarke KO 2.11, 1 (6) 12-17-2004 United Kingdom Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool
Win 11–0 United Kingdom Jason Collins TKO 1.42, 1 (6) 10-01-2004 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester
Win 10–0 United Kingdom Ojay Abrahams PTS 4 09-10-2004 United Kingdom Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool
Win 9–0 United Kingdom Steve Timms TKO 2.57, 1 (6) 06-12-2004 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester
Win 8–0 United Kingdom Howard Clarke PTS 4 04-03-2004 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester
Win 7–0 United Kingdom Davy Jones PTS 4 02-26-2004 United Kingdom Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes
Win 6–0 Nigeria Joel Ani PTS 4 12-13-2003 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Mike Duffield TKO 2.41, 1 (4) 10-02-2003 United Kingdom Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool
Win 4–0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Patrick Cito PTS 4 08-29-2003 United Kingdom Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool
Win 3–0 Jamaica Silver Fox TKO 2.40, 2 (4) 06/20/2003 United Kingdom Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool
Win 2–0 Russia Andrey Ivanov TKO 1.00, 2 (4) 05-08-2003 United Kingdom Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes
Win 1–0 United Kingdom Howard Clarke PTS 4 04-05-2003 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester Professional debut

Music career[edit]

As well as being a boxer, Paul Smith Jnr is a resident DJ at the 'Society' nightclub in Liverpool.[11] 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.[12]

Genealogical information[edit]

Paul Smith is the older brother of the boxers; Stephen Smith, Liam Smith, and Callum Smith.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] paul 2002 lt mddl aba
  2. ^ [2] liam 2008 lt mddl aba
  3. ^ [3] callum 2010 gb title
  4. ^ [4] callum 2011 gb title
  5. ^ [5] Stephen 2006 and 2007 ftrwt aba
  6. ^ http://amateur-boxing.strefa.pl/Tournaments/CopenhagenCup2001.pdf
  7. ^ http://amateur-boxing.strefa.pl/Championships/CommonwealthGames2002.html
  8. ^ "Smith stunned by Bendall defeat". Icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk. 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  9. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/boxing/11126278/Paul-Smith-robbed-in-fight-against-Arthur-Abraham-in-Germany-as-Eddie-Hearn-calls-judges-verdicts-a-disgrace.html
  10. ^ record at boxrec
  11. ^ "Club Society website". Societyuk.com. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  12. ^ "Paul Smith Jnr.". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  13. ^ "Biography at boxrec.com". boxrec.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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