Dalton Smith says he and Adam Great will be future stars to push the British boxing scene forward
Dalton Smith intends to establish himself as one of the most prominent fighters on the British scene.
With Kell Brook reaching the end of his career, Smith, the British lightweight champion, is hoping to take charge of boxing in his hometown of Sheffield.
“My time will come when I have to pass the torch, we’re just keeping the cycle going. Obviously I’ve looked at Kell and what he’s achieved. That’s what I want to do, I want to bring those big nights to Sheffield,” Smith said Sky Sports.
5000 sale at Sheffield Arena [in his last fight]I just want to keep building on that.
“More fights, get major titles and I want that big title at Hillsborough for the world title. We’ll keep working hard and see where that takes us.”
Next Smith will make his first defense of the British title against Birmingham’s Casey Benjamin at the AO Arena in Manchester on Saturday, live. Sky Sports.
Smith expects to eventually challenge the world titles. But if he does battle with Benjamin, he will only need two more successful fights for the British title to win the Lonsdale belt immediately.
Smith explained: “I’ve always said I want to reach the end of my career and get the British title.
“Everything changes all the time. The fights happen, the standings are changing, obviously I’m at the British level at the moment. I can go the international routes, I can go the traditional ones.
“We’ve always said I want to go the traditional route because that’s what I saw fighters do when I was young and getting ahead.”
Smith believes Liverpool’s Sam Maxwell will fight an attractive battle for the British title, one that would see the winner seek even greater honors.
“That was a fight we were looking for. It didn’t happen,” Smith said.
“Casey Benjamin is the next target in the line. I always say one fight at a time, and then whoever gets in my way where I want to go, that’s who I want to challenge.”
Another exciting British fighter set to light the ultra-lightweight scene is Adam Great. Smith and Azim did not fight each other but did spend time together in camp while Luke Campbell prepared for his fight with Ryan Garcia.
“We’re not competitors, we’re just the same weight,” Azim said of Smith. “He’s a likable guy. He’s really fine with me.”
Great advises Smith to win his fight with Benjamin on Saturday. “He will definitely win, definitely by knockout the weekend,” Azim said. He’s young and ambitious as well and will soon be in the business of himself when he replaces Rylan Charlton on November 27.
If the two continue to advance, boxing may eventually become inevitable. “People are talking about a fight in the future,” Azim said. “I have to focus on my fight.
“If this fight falls to the test, it will be a good fight. But I’m fighting Rylan Charlton and that’s the main thing.”
Smith certainly expects Azim to continue his rise. “Adam is starting to take his baby steps and he’s obviously got a good promotion with Skye and people are noticing him,” Smith said.
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“I’m a fan and I look forward to seeing how he progresses as he starts moving through the levels.
“I hope he continues to do well. They are potential dance partners in British superhero fights. There is no bad blood between me and Adam. I want him to continue to do well. I will continue to do well. That’s what you want,” he continued. “You build them fighting.
“We are the next next crop,” Smith concluded. “We are the future of British boxing.”
Watch the Dalton Smith vs Kaisee Benjamin match live on Sky Sports Arena from 7pm on Saturday.
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