Sheffield boxer in action on Josh Warrington undercard

24 March 2022

Sheffield-born super lightweight Dalton Smith is in action on Saturday, as he faces Irish fighter Ray Moylette in Leeds.

Smith, who is unbeaten in nine professional bouts, will face Moylette on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s title fight against Kiko Martinez.

Seven of Smith’s wins have come by knockout, with just two by decision.

The 25-year-old has been tipped by many as a rising star in the sport, and is comfortably a favourite with the bookies for the weekend.

However, Moylette still has a more than respectable record, only losing once in 13 fights of his own.

He currently holds both the WBA Intercontinental super-lightweight title and the English super-lightweight title, having won them last year, and will be looking to add Moylette’s WBC international silver title to his collection.

Warrington has a heavy Leeds following, who may not take easily to Smith given his well-known status as a big Sheffield Wednesday fan.

Though, his Yorkshire allegiance may get the crowd at the Leeds Arena on board.

Smith, who dons the nickname ‘thunder’, has recently posed with Owls stars Barry Bannan and Josh Windass in online snaps.

Many users online have already been backing his potential and tipping him for big things ahead of the fight.

One said: “Dalton Smith will become the best ever boxer from Yorkshire. Simple as that.”

While another added: “Think he does it within three rounds.”

The two boxers seemed to show a lot of mutual respect for each other on Thursday as they faced off, exchanging a hand shake.

Smith signed for Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing ahead of his first professional fight in 2019.

Meanwhile, in the main event, Leeds-born Warrington looks to become a world champion for the second time, as he faces Martinez for the IBF featherweight title.

Warrington is also favourite in his bout, meaning a Saturday night could be a positive night for Yorkshire fighters.

Doncaster native Maxi Hughes is also in action, and is in great form after almost walking away from the sport four years ago.

The fight will be broadcast on streaming service DAZN on Saturday night.

 

 

 

Written by Henry Cowling

Journalism Student at the University of Sheffield.

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