Dalton Smith To Keep Aiming For Progress Following British Title Victory

Dalton Smith is one of the most exciting prospects in British and World boxing. The current British super-lightweight title holder made the first defence of his title against Kaisee Benjamin despite being unwell in the lead-up to the contest, defeating Benjamin via unanimous decision.

However, Smith is destined for much bigger things than just domestic honours and will shortly be in contention for continental honours with an extremely high ranking within the EBU to be in contention for the European title. However, his ranking within the WBC is also a healthy one which may see a world title opportunity come to fruition in the near future also.

Smith is remaining grounded saying that he is in one of the most competitive divisions in the whole boxing.

"I'm probably in one of the hardest divisions and there's plenty of fights out there for me. I'm always going to be in good fights. I'm never going to be short of dance partners. The future looks bright. There's some big fights out there," Smith said to Sky Sports.

Fellow British fighters, Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall are also on top of the respective 140lb ranks with Taylor being the previous undisputed title holder. However, Taylor has given up three belts to secure a rematch with Catterall of which many thought Catterall had done enough to rip the titles away from Taylor earlier in 2022. Smith is a fan of both fighters and has openly admitted that Taylor is one of his idols.

"Even though [Taylor is at] the same weight, they were idols to me coming through. I always said Josh pound-for-pound was one of the best fighters in the world. I'm a fan of both Catterall and Josh. They're the top of the game, they're where I want to get to, they're the fighters I'm looking up to," Smith said.

"They say keep working hard till your idols become your rivals. That's what it is. Josh, pound-for-pound one of the best fighters in the world and to get comments like that, it shows they're keeping an eye on me and I'm impressing.

"It's every boxer's dream. You want to win world titles. To become undisputed, not many fighters do it. Only a handful of fighters actually do it. To be able to do that, that puts you in the history books. You're in the history books forever as one of the greatest fighters of all time."