Stephen Smith (boxer)
Stephen Francis Smith (born 22 July 1985) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 2008 to 2019. He challenged twice for a super-featherweight world championship; the IBF and WBA titles, both in 2016. At regional level he held multiple championships, including the British and Commonwealth featherweight titles and the British super-featherweight title between 2010 and 2013.
|Real name||Stephen Francis Smith|
|Height||5 ft 6+1⁄2 in (169 cm)|
|Reach||66 in (168 cm)|
|Born||22 July 1985|
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
|Wins by KO||15|
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.
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.
Smith turned professional on 21 June 2008 and stopped Shaun Walton in the 3rd round at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. Like his brother he signed for Warren's Sports Network 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.
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.
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 recordEdit
|32 fights||28 wins||4 losses|
|32||Win||28–4||Jonny Phillips||PTS||6||23 Nov 2019||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|31||Win||27–4||Jaime Quinn||PTS||6||16 Jun 2019||Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre, Manchester, England|
|30||Win||26–4||Des Newton||PTS||6||10 May 2019||Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, England|
|29||Loss||25–4||Francisco Vargas||TD||9 (10)||9 Dec 2017||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Smith lost by a technical decision after an accidental headbutt left him with his left ear almost detached|
|28||Win||25–3||Karoly Gallovich||KO||1 (6)||17 Jun 2017||Rittal Arena, Wetzlar, Germany|
|27||Loss||24–3||Jason Sosa||UD||12||12 Nov 2016||Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco||For WBA (Regular) super featherweight title|
|26||Win||24–2||Daniel Brizuela||TKO||7 (12)||29 May 2016||Goodison Park, Liverpool, England||Won vacant WBC Silver super featherweight title|
|25||Loss||23–2||José Pedraza||UD||12||16 Apr 2016||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S.||For IBF super featherweight title|
|24||Win||23–1||Devis Boschiero||TKO||6 (12)||19 Sep 2015||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England|
|23||Win||22–1||Barrington Brown||PTS||6||4 Apr 2015||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England|
|22||Win||21–1||Jacek Wylezol||PTS||6||28 Mar 2014||Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, Sheffield, England|
|21||Win||20–1||Pedro Navarrete||PTS||8||14 Jun 2014||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|20||Win||19–1||Mauricio Javier Munoz||RTD||8 (12)||21 May 2014||First Direct Arena, Leeds, England||Won WBC Silver super featherweight title|
|19||Win||18–1||Sergio Manuel Medina||KO||8 (10)||23 Nov 2013||Phones4u Arena, Manchester, England||Won vacant WBC International Silver super featherweight title|
|18||Win||17–1||Gary Buckland||KO||5 (12)||17 Aug 2013||Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales||Won British super featherweight title|
|17||Win||16–1||Eddie Nesbitt||KO||1 (6)||28 Jun 2013||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England|
|16||Win||15–1||Jose Luis Graterol||PTS||8||1 Jun 2012||York Hall, London, England|
|15||Win||14–1||Ben Jones||TKO||1 (12)||2 Mar 2012||The Troxy, London, England||Won WBO Intercontinental super featherweight title|
|14||Win||13–1||Arpad Vass||KO||1 (8)||18 Feb 2012||Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany|
|13||Loss||12–1||Lee Selby||KO||8 (12)||17 Sep 2011||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England||Lost British featherweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||John Simpson||MD||12||27 Apr 2011||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England||Won British featherweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||John Simpson||SD||12||4 Sep 2010||Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland||Won Commonwealth featherweight title|
|10||Win||10–0||Jason Thomas||TKO||1 (8)||12 Mar 2010||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|9||Win||9–0||Chris Riley||PTS||4||5 Dec 2009||Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England|
|8||Win||8–0||Gavin Reid||PTS||8||30 Oct 2009||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|7||Win||7–0||Zsolt Nagy||PTS||6||22 May 2009||York Hall, London, England|
|6||Win||6–0||Steve Gethin||RTD||1 (4)||28 Feb 2009||National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England|
|5||Win||5–0||Anthony Hanna||PTS||4||12 Dec 2008||Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England|
|4||Win||4–0||Sid Razak||TKO||3 (4)||31 Oct 2008||Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham, England|
|3||Win||3–0||Robin Deakin||TKO||2 (4)||10 Oct 2008||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England|
|2||Win||2–0||Wladimir Borov||TKO||1 (4)||6 Sep 2008||MEN Arena, Manchester, England|
|1||Win||1–0||Shaun Walton||KO||3 (4)||21 Jun 2008||National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England|
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- "Stephen 'Swifty' Smith Retires From Boxing". Boxing Social. 22 June 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
- ABA | Stephen Smith
- Liverpool Echo | Blow for Liverpool's Smith
- Stephen Smith Professional Record
- Smith to turn pro with Warren
- "Biography at boxrec.com". boxrec.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013.