Paul smith Jr is credit to the sport of boxing. His achievements in the ring along side his brothers have been a joy to watch in recent years.
The former British title holder has won 3 on trot, can draw a crowd at home in Liverpool and has the backing of Sky Sports broadcasting.
Every time he has faced a world class operator he has been left disappointed. He currently really does not deserve to fight for a world title.
Since losing to Andre Ward, Smith has bounced back with 3 wins but these victories were over fighters with very suspect records. Unfortunately, (in my opinion at least) this should not put you in contention for any form of world title shot.
For me Paul Smith Jr’s career defining fight was his exciting win over fellow Liverpudlian Tony Dodson 4 years ago in June for the British title. He has since been fortunate enough to challenge for a world title on more than one occasion and share the ring with one of the pound for pound best fighters in the world in Andre Ward.
I would have liked to see Smith in a big domestic fight at least with someone like Groves, Fielding, Martin Murray etc. before his name is mentioned in contention for world honours once again but that is boxing. Being part of the Matchroom stable has paid off for Smith as it does many others. Eddie Hearn seems to be able to pull title chances out of his back pocket on a regular basis for his charges whilst other contenders who have to fight their way up the rankings continue to stand in line.
I hope Paul Smith Jr gets the shot and wins so he can retire as World Champion and add to the collection of belts his amazing sporting family have produced but it just doesn’t seem fair to the rest of the division.