Paul Smith (boxer)
Paul Smith Jr. (born 6 October 1982) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 2003 to 2017. He held the English middleweight title in 2008, the British super-middleweight title twice between 2009 and 2014, and challenged three times for a super-middleweight world title.
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)|
|Born||6 October 1982|
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
|Wins by KO||22|
|Associated acts||Mike Di Scala|
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.
British super-middleweight championEdit
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 as DeGale landed back-to-back left hooks on Smith, causing the latter to lose his British super-middleweight title.
Smith vs. GrovesEdit
After winning his next two fights, Smith once again challenged for the British title and the Commonwealth title against George Groves. 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. AbrahamEdit
On 27 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 vs. WardEdit
After his loss to Abraham, Smith faced top pound for pound boxer, Andre Ward. This was Ward's first fight in 19 months, following a promotional dispute which sidelined him and caused him to lose his titles. The fight was scheduled for June 20, 2015 at the Oracle Arena in California at a 172 lbs catchweight fight. The fight was to take place on BET. Ward won via TKO in the 9th round. Ward was winning every round at the time of stoppage (80-72, 3 times). Smith missed weight, coming in at 176.4 lbs and was fined 20% ($45,000) of his $225,000 purse by the California State Athletic Commission, half of which went to Ward and half to the commission. Despite being available in over 90 million homes, the fight averaged 323,000 viewers on BET.
Smith vs. ZeugeEdit
Smith's third and final world title challenge came against WBA (Regular) super middleweight champion Tyron Zeuge on June 2017 at Rittal Arena Wetzlar. The younger Zeuge proved to be too much for Smith, as he won a wide unanimous decision (119-108, 119-108, 119-108). Zeuge outworked Smith with his jab and was able to score a knockdown in round 12.
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.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|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||9 Nov 2012||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England|
|34||Loss||31–3||George Groves||TKO||2 (12), 1:18||5 Nov 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||Liverpool 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||6 Sep 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||8 Mar 2008||The O2 Arena, London, England||Won vacant English middleweight title|
|22||Win||22–0||Francis Cheka||PTS||8||8 Dec 2007||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England|
|21||Win||21–0||David Banks||SD||5||9 Oct 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)||10 Mar 2007||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England|
|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||1 Jun 2006||Metrodome, Barnsley, England|
|15||Win||15–0||Hussain Osman||TKO||4 (6), 2:00||11 Mar 2006||Newport Centre, Newport, Wales|
|14||Win||14–0||Simeon Cover||PTS||6||3 Jun 2005||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|13||Win||13–0||Rob Burton||KO||1 (6), 1:54||11 Feb 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||1 Oct 2004||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|10||Win||10–0||Ojay Abrahams||PTS||4||10 Sep 2004||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England|
|9||Win||9–0||Steve Timms||TKO||1 (6), 2:57||12 Jun 2004||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|8||Win||8–0||Howard Clarke||PTS||4||3 Apr 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|
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|Amateur boxing titles|
| ABA light-middleweight champion
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byDean Walker
| British Central Area
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
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