Stephen Smith (boxer)

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Stephen Smith
StephenSwiftySmith.jpg
Smith in 2011
Statistics
Real nameStephen Francis Smith
Nickname(s)Swifty
Weight(s)Featherweight
Super featherweight
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
NationalityBritish
Born (1985-07-22) 22 July 1985 (age 34)
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights31
Wins27
Wins by KO15
Losses4
Draws0

Stephen Francis Smith (born 22 July 1985) is a British boxer. He is the former WBC Silver super featherweight champion, the former British featherweight and British super featherweight champion, as well as the former Commonwealth featherweight champion. He retired in 2017.

Amateur career[edit]

A distinguished amateur with over 150 fights, Smith represented Rotunda ABC and achieved fame at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne when he defeated Mehrullah Lassi in the final to win Commonwealth Gold. He also won a bronze medal at the 2006 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Plovdiv, losing in the semi-final of that tournament to Albert Selimov. He also won the ABA championships in 2005 and 2006, the Four Nations in 2006 and Gold at the 2007 Commonwealth Federation Championships held in Liverpool.[2]

At the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago, US he was defeated in the first round losing 20:14 to German Marcel Herfurth, in a tournament in which he had been expected to perform well.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Smith turned professional on 21 June 2008 and stopped Shaun Walton in the 3rd round at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.[4] Like his brother he signed for Warren's Sports Network[5] and has since had a further 11 fights, all wins.

Smith became Commonwealth featherweight champion after he edged a points verdict over John Simpson in a tight scrap in Glasgow on 4 September 2010. A 114–116, 116–114, 116–112 decision was announced following a gruelling battle. During the re-match on 27 April 2011, Smith once again won on points with judges scores of 114–114, 115–114 and 118–112. However Simpson argued the judges scores were off target.

Smith fought the Welsh challenger Lee Selby on 17 September 2011, in a British and Commonwealth title defence at the Olympia, Liverpool where he was stopped in the 8th round by a Selby left hand.

Since losing to Selby, Smith fought Arpad Vass in the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany on 18 February 2012 winning via KO in Round 1. On 2 March 2012 Smith fought Ben Jones at The Troxy in London winning that fight via TKO in Round 1. On 1 June 2012 Smith fought for the third time in 2012 against Jose Luis Graterol at the York Hall winning again this time on points over 8 rounds.

Smith was due to fight on 8 March 2013 on the undercard of Yaqub Kareem v Paul Butler at the Liverpool Olympia however the fight was rescheduled to 12 April 2013. On 8 April 2013 Frank Warren confirmed that the event had been cancelled.

Smith fought for the first time in 13 months on 28 June 2013 against Eddie Nebitt of Belfast at the Liverpool Olympia and won via KO in Round 1. His next fight will be on 17 August 2013 against Gary Buckland at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Smith won the British Super featherweight title after he KO'd Buckland in Round 5.

Promotions change[edit]

In October 2013 Smith announced he was breaking his contract with Frank Warren and signing with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom organisation. Warren took action through the courts and with the British Boxing Board of Control against Smith's contract termination.

On 31 October 2013 Smith was ordered by the British Boxing Board of Control to fight on 7 December 2013 in Liverpool under the Frank Warren promotion, Smith refused and relinquished his belt, the following day Smith was suspended by the BBBoC pending further investigation into his and Eddie Hearn's conduct in the switch.

On 15 November 2013 Smith was handed back his licence by the BBBoC and his first fight under Matchroom promotions was confirmed to be against Sergio Manuel Medina on the undercard of the Carl Froch v George Groves at Manchester's Phones 4u arena on 23 November 2013, Smith won the fight via KO in Round 8 and won the vacant WBC International Silver super featherweight title.

Professional boxing record[edit]

24 Wins (14 knockouts, 10 decision), 4 Losses, 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 25–4 Mexico Francisco Vargas TD 9 (10) 9 Dec 2017 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US Smith lost by a technical decision after an accidental headbutt left him with his left ear almost detached[6]
Win 25–3 Hungary Karoly Gallovich KO 1 (6) 17 Jun 2017 Germany Rittal Arena, Wetzlar, Germany
Loss 24–3 United States Jason Sosa UD 12 12 Nov 2016 Monaco Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo For WBA (Regular) super featherweight title.
Win 24–2 Argentina Daniel Brizuela TKO 7 (12) 29 May 2016 United Kingdom Goodison Park, Liverpool, England Won vacant WBC Silver super featherweight title.
Loss 23–2 Puerto Rico José Pedraza UD 12 16 Apr 2016 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, US For IBF junior lightweight title.
Win 23–1 Italy Devis Boschiero TKO 6 (12) 19 Sep 2015 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England IBF junior lightweight title final eliminator.
Win 22–1 United Kingdom Barrington Brown PTS 6 4 Apr 2015 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
Win 21–1 Poland Jacek Wylezol PTS 6 28 Mar 2014 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, Sheffield, England
Win 20–1 Mexico Pedro Navarrete PTS 8 14 Jun 2014 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Win 19–1 Argentina Mauricio Javier Munoz RTD 8 (12) 21 May 2014 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, England Won WBC Silver super featherweight title
Win 18–1 Argentina Sergio Manuel Medina KO 8 (10) 23 Nov 2013 United Kingdom Phones4u Arena, Manchester, England Won vacant WBC International Silver super featherweight title
Win 17–1 United Kingdom Gary Buckland KO 5 (12) 17 Aug 2013 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales Won BBBofC British super featherweight title
Win 16–1 Republic of Ireland Eddie Nesbitt KO 1 (6) 28 Jun 2013 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England
Win 15–1 Venezuela Jose Luis Graterol PTS 8 1 Jun 2012 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
Win 14–1 United Kingdom Ben Jones TKO 1 (12) 2 Mar 2012 United Kingdom The Troxy, London, England Won WBO Intercontinental super featherweight title
Win 13–1 Hungary Arpad Vass KO 1 (8) 18 Feb 2012 Germany Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
Loss 12–1 United Kingdom Lee Selby KO 8 (12) 17 Sep 2011 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England Lost BBBofC British featherweight title
Win 12–0 United Kingdom John Simpson MD 12 27 Apr 2011 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England Won BBBofC British featherweight title
Win 11–0 United Kingdom John Simpson SD 12 4 Sep 2010 United Kingdom Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland Won Commonwealth featherweight title
Win 10–0 United Kingdom Jason Thomas TKO 1 (8) 12 Mar 2010 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Win 9–0 United Kingdom Chris Riley PTS 4 5 Dec 2009 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
Win 8–0 United Kingdom Gavin Reid PTS 8 30 Oct 2009 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Win 7–0 Hungary Zsolt Nagy PTS 6 22 May 2009 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
Win 6–0 United Kingdom Steve Gethin RTD 1 (4) 28 Feb 2009 United Kingdom National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Anthony Hanna PTS 4 12 Dec 2008 United Kingdom Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Sid Razak TKO 3 (4) 31 Oct 2008 United Kingdom Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham, England
Win 3–0 United Kingdom Robin Deakin TKO 2 (4) 10 Oct 2008 United Kingdom Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England
Win 2–0 Moldova Wladimir Borov TKO 1 (4) 6 Sep 2008 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England
Win 1–0 United Kingdom Shaun Walton KO 3 (4) 21 Jun 2008 United Kingdom National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England

Genealogical information[edit]

Stephen Smith is the younger brother of the boxer; Paul Smith, and the older brother of the boxers; Liam Smith, and Callum Smith.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SMITH Stephen Francis". Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. 2006.
  2. ^ ABA | Stephen Smith
  3. ^ Liverpool Echo | Blow for Liverpool's Smith
  4. ^ Stephen Smith Professional Record
  5. ^ Smith to turn pro with Warren
  6. ^ https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/boxer-stephen-smith-ear_us_5a2e57cde4b073789f6b198b
  7. ^ "Biography at boxrec.com". boxrec.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013.

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