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Paul Smith
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Real name Paul Smigga Smith
Nickname(s) Real Gone Kid
Rated at Middleweight
Height 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m)
Nationality England English
Birth date October 6, 1982 (1982-10-06) (age 27)
Birth place Liverpool
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 30
Wins 29
Wins by KO 15
Losses 1
Draws 0
No contests 0
Medal record
Commonwealth Games
Silver 2002 Manchester Light middleweight
Paul Smith Jnr
Birth name Paul Smith
Genres Commercial dance
Occupations Disc jockey, Remixer, Songwriter
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts Mike Di Scala

Paul Smith Jnr. (born October 6, 1982 in Liverpool, United Kingdom) is an English professional Middleweight Boxer. He is currently the reigning British Middleweight champion.

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Biography

Paul has three brothers and talks with a distinctive Scouse accent. He cites watching Mike Tyson as his inspiration for becoming a boxer, and considers him one of his heroes along with "Sugar" Ray Leonard.

Amateur career

He started boxing at age nine with the Rotunda amateur boxing club and fought in South Africa, Uzbekistan, and Denmark representing England. He comes from a family of boxers and he and his brothers became the first group of siblings to all win The Amateur National Championships. In 2002 he won a silver medal for his country in the Commonwealth Games losing to Jean Pascal by 2 points; Paul was then picked up by Frank Warren and turned Pro.

Professional career

Smith's career has featured many bouts held within the UK, mainly in Liverpool and Manchester. He has faced Ryan Walls and Steve Timms, and ended the latter's career with a TKO in 1.

On 10 March, 2007, he KO'd the Belgium Alexander Polizzi in Liverpool, winning the WBU International middleweight title in the eighth round.

On March 30 2007, Smith took part in boxing's answer to Golf's Ryder Cup fighting American Jonathan Reid; the Nashville, Tennessee, resident lost to Smith on a Technical Knockout.

On September 4, 2007, Smith joined nine other boxing hopefuls as members of Season 3 of The Contender. Smith fought rival David Banks from Portland, Oregon, and ended with a win for Smith by split-decision. However, since Smith had the lowest point total out of the remaining boxers, he was disqualified. The victory over David Banks was fought in Pasadena, USA and was broadcast on ESPN and ITV; Ray Leonard said Paul let his anger take away from his ability. Paul was left with two cuts, one on his nose and another around his eye; this meant he was medically unfit to continue the contest regardless of performance.

Smith returned to England and defeated Cello Renda to win the vacant English Middleweight title. He lost the title in his very next fight against Steven Bendall on 21 June, 2008 in Birmingham, England, on a much contested points decision. [1]

British Title

On 30th October 2009 Smith challenged fellow scouser Tony Quigley for the British Middleweight title in Liverpool's Echo Arena. Quigley was the holder after defeating Tony Dodson only months earlier at the same venue. The fight was a tight affair with Smith eventually winning via split decision over 12 rounds thus crowning him the new British Middleweight title holder. Smith's first defense of his title again came at the Echo arena on 12th March 2010 against Tony Dodson. Smith and Dodson enetered a bloody 12 rounds with over four headclashes were paul smith got the worse of and spent every round with blood covering his face but despite the injury smith showed heart and chin as he kept pressure through out the fight and Smith again won this time via a unanimous 12 round decision.

Personal life

Smith has sparred with friends Peter Manfredo and "The Hitman" Ricky Hatton. He is also a friend of the Heavyweight boxing sensation "The Hayemaker" David Haye. Paul is a supporter of Liverpool FC, loves his Bulldogs, and is a big movie and music fan. Paul is Catholic and wears a Crucifix around his neck. He says he always prays before a fight. He is set to guest star in an upcoming episode of Shameless, which has yet to be screened on TV.

Music career

As well as being a boxer, Paul Smith Jnr is a resident DJ at the 'Society' nightclub in Liverpool.[2] He co-wrote the Ultrabeat song "Better Than Life", with Mike Di Scala and has remixed the song "Falling Stars (Waiting For A Star To Fall)" by Sunset Strippers, also with Di Scala.[3]

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