British Middleweight champion Paul Smith returns to action this weekend, appearing on Matchroom’s last show of the year at the ExCeL Arena, London.
Smith, 33-3 19Ko’s, hasn’t fought since stopping local rival Tony Dodson in June. The liverpudlian, one 4th of the famous fighting Smith brothers, has been trying to break free from manager and promoter Frank Warren. Smith believes he is a free agent whereas Warren states that they still have an agreement in place. This dispute will be settled at a hearing in January with the British Boxing Board of Control.
No opponent has been named for this Saturday but Smith is confident that he can push on to bigger things next year. Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Smith said:
“Saturday will be a little eight or 10 rounder,” he continued “I need to be active and fighting regularly. I haven’t fought since June and wanted to fight in September or October or November.
“I want to win the British title outright and we are looking towards March for that. The plan is to get the belt outright and then look towards securing a world title eliminator in the summer.”
“I am going with whoever offers me the best deal. I am a free agent and I am now self-managed.”