Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith (born 22 July 1985) is a British professional boxer best known for being former British and Commonwealth Featherweight champion, and as an amateur won the featherweight division at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at the2006 European Amateur Boxing Championships.

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.

Smith turned professional in June 2008 and stopped Shaun Walton in the 3rd round at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. He signed for Warren's Sports Network , and has since had a further 11 fights, all wins.

Boxing runs in Stephen’s family. He has three brothers who also compete in National and International titles (although, thankfully, not in the same divisions), and each have had their own journey into Professional boxing.

He won his first competition in the ABA National Championships in 2005, and followed the next year by retaining his victory. 2006 was a good year for Stephen. His first major international title was won in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, where he defeated Mehlrulla Lassi, for the Featherweight Gold.

A bronze was added to his collection at the 2006 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Plovdiv, and another win at the Four Nations in the same year.
In 2007, he won another Gold at the Commonwealth Federation Championships, which were held on his home turf in Liverpool.

Stephen, or “Swifty”, didn’t move out of the Amateur ranks until 2008. By the time he was a professional, he had sparred in excess of 150 times!

His first professional spar was against Shaun Walton, at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, who he defeated in the third round. Nine matches later, and he had well and truly earned his spot at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, after his defeat of John Simpson in the qualifiers. He went on to win the Commonwealth Featherweight Champion belt in 2011, after a rematch.

The only defeat of his career so far was a blow for Swifty, as he lost both his Commonwealth, and his British title to Lee Selby in September 2011.
His spectacular win against Arpad Vaas as the undercard for Klitschko vs. Chisora restored his confidence however, and he went on to defeat Ben Jones in March 2012 to win the WBO Intercontinental Super Featherweight Championship.

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Having worked at events with Stephen I can vouch for his professional, friendly and generally outstanding character! He is a great athlete to have in a school working with children, I would highly recommend him for future and/or re-booking.

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