Paul Smith will step through the ropes for the first time in 13 months on 9th November when he makes his return on the Queensberry Promotions card at the Liverpool Olympia, and will look to put himself straight back in contention for a shot at the British Super Middleweight Title, which was won by Kenny Anderson last Saturday night against an aged Robin Reid.
Smith confirmed at a press conference last month that he had already had discussions with the British Boxing Board od Control about the previously vacant Lonsdale belt, however board general secretary Robert Smith told him that they could not make number one contender Anderson wait for another round of purse bids, and Anderson would get the chance to meet his choice of ranked opponents for the title.
Smith was told however that he would be likely to be installed as mandatory challenger once Anderson had fought for the vacant title, which makes an impressive performance in his November 9th return all the more important.
Smith last fought in October 2011 against an impressive George Groves, who caught Smith in the second round and inflicted an early stoppage. Smith had been getting some joy against Groves in a highly competitive first round and was unlucky to get caught by hard-hitting Groves who is now looking to mix it at world level, with a 15th December showdown with Glen Johnson.
Smith said, “I’m gunning for Anderson now he’s got hold of the Lonsdale belt. I just need to get back in there on the ninth November and show what I’m capable of doing after such a long time out of the ring, then when that’s done, the Anderson showdown is the fight I want.”
“Training has been going really well and I know that come ninth November I’m not going to leave anything to chance when it comes to setting up a shot at the British title.”
Paul Butler v John Donnelly for the Vacant Super Bantamweight British Championship headlines the packed card at the Olympia from Queensberry Promotions, who take a break from their successful run of BoxAcademy shows, to bring a double title show that also features Ovill McKenzie’s Commonwealth Light heavyweight Title defence against former WBO Cruiserweight king Enzo Maccarinelli.
Paul Smith’s younger brother Liam is also in action on the bill as he looks to put his hand up for a shot at the British Welterweight title. Additionally, Ellesmere Port’s former amateur starlet, Matty Fagan, makes his highly anticipated pro debut.
October 26, 2012