St Ives prospect Bradley Smith up for the ‘Challenge’ of title fight

St Ives boxer Bradley Smith training at the Limehouse Marina Gym in London.

St Ives boxer Bradley Smith training at the Limehouse Marina Gym in London. - Credit: Archant

Rising star Bradley Smith is aiming to capture title glory in just his fifth fight as a professional boxer.

The unbeaten 19 year-old St Ives prospect has been handed a shot at the vacant International Challenge lightweight belt on September 24.

He will face a still-to-be-finalised opponent in an eight-round showdown at the York Hall in London – the scene of all four of his successes in the paid ranks to date.

Smith said: “It’s exciting to think that I could win a belt next month and I’m really up for it.

“Training has been going brilliantly at the Limehouse Marina Gym in London and I can’t wait to step up to eight rounds for the first time.

“It is my biggest fight to date and one that I have to win as it could provide a stepping stone to better things in the future.

“My team have mapped out a plan for me which will hopefully involve fighting for the Southern Area title next summer.

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“But first and foremost it is all about focusing on September 24 and making sure I beat whoever I come up against.

“It could be a Brit or a foreign fighter, so I’ve got to be prepared for everything.”

Smith is promoted by Steve Goodwin, and trained by Barry Smith and Harry Andrews – the two men who also look after St Neots star Tommy Martin.

Smith is sponsored by underwear brand Jacksy and local firms Coverspan, MR Smith Brickwork, FloTek Plumbing & Heating Services and DA Green and Sons.

Tickets for Smith’s title fight are available for £35 by calling him on 07801 996990.