Dalton Smith takes on Sam O'Maison this Saturday
One prize that every young British prospect dreams of holding is the Lord Lonsdale British title and this weekend sees the vacant title being contested in the super lightweight division when one of the most exciting British prospects Dalton Smith fights Sam O'Maison in Sheffield, live on DAZN.
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Smith has produced some stellar performances as a professional, as he trains under his father, Grant Smith. Smith's first title came in his eighth bout when he knocked out Lee Appleyard in six rounds to win the English title. Smith added the WBA Intercontinental title next, as he defeat Brian Pelaez by decision in Austria, this would be Smith's only fight outside the UK thus far.
The WBC International Silver title came next as Smith faced his toughest opponent yet, as he squared off with Ray Moylettte. In a scrappy affair, Smith was deducted two points for low blows, but came through, as he dropped Moylette twice in the tenth, before Moylette's corner threw the towel.
The last time Smith was in the ring was in June, as he was a part of the Ogawa Vs Cordina card in Cardiff. Smith dominated Mauro Perouane, stopping the tough Argentinian in six rounds. Both Smith and promoter Eddie Hearn stated that they wanted the British title fight in Cardiff, but an opponent could not be agreed upon.
Sam O'Maison is the man who will be standing in the way of Smith's British title dream. O'Maison is a former English champion, as he earned that honour with a third-round knockout of Kevin Hooper. O'Maison has shared the ring twice with Kay Prospere, a bright talent on the British scene, however, the pair drew in their first meeting, before Prospere got a unanimous decision in the rematch.
Smith now gets the opportunity to fight in his hometown for his biggest title yet. But faces a tough task in O'Maison next, but victory here for Smith will open the doors up the levels as he would work his way towards the world title picture.
The undercard sees Sandy Ryan attempt to avenge her only pro loss, as she rematches former world champion, Erika Farias. The pair first met in March, and Ryan was receiving a lot of praise for stepping up to this level so soon. Farias would inflict the first loss on Ryan's record, but Ryan believes she has ironed out any weaknesses and is ready to overturn the result from the first bout.
The ever-popular heavyweight Johnny Fisher will return to the ring in Sheffield this Saturday, as he brings his Romford army on an away day to watch him take on Michal Reissinger. Exciting cruiserweight prospect Jordan Thompson will look to continue his rise up the ranks as he takes on the tough Vasil Ducar.
Hopey Price returns as he looks to extend his record to 8-0 when he faces Alexander Meija. Aqib Fiaz is back as he stands across the ring from Jordan Ellison in Sheffield. The always improving Campbell Hatton will look to build on his stoppage victory last time out as he faces Michal Dufek on Saturday.
Kieron Conway is set to fight Austin Williams on the Canelo vs GGG 3 card but will have a tune-up fight on this bill this Saturday. Highly-rated prospect Nico Leivars returns for his third pro bout as he is yet to put a foot wrong in the paid ranks so far. Junaid Bostan will also look to build on his knockout victory o his debut as he faces Jose Manuel Lopez Clavero to complete the bill.
Smith and O'Maison will contest the British title at the top of a card stacked with some of the UK's finest prospects in Smith's hometown of Sheffield. This unmissable night of showcasing some of Britain's brightest talents can be watched live on DAZN this Saturday.