Mitchell Smith drops to featherweight for Chilean test

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 April 2015 | UPDATED: 15:00 22 April 2015

Mitchell Smith

Mitchell Smith

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Former Welwyn Garden City Boxing Club fighter Mitchell Smith will step down to featherweight and challenge Chilean Christian Palma for the vacant WBO Intercontinental title at the SSE Arena, Wembley, on Saturday, May 9.

The 22-year-old, who regularly spars in Welwyn Garden City, has been campaigning in the super-featherweight division since turning pro in 2012; winning the Southern Area, English and WBO European titles; a world number 15 ranking in the WBO and an unbeaten 11-fight record.

Smith, who won the senior ABA title while with WGC BC, sees his future for now in the 126lb division and has set his sights on the world title currently held by Vasyl Lomachenko.

A win against Palma will see him crash into the top 10 and start working towards the top Ukrainian.

Smith will be appearing on the Wembley bill headlined by Hatfield’s European middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.

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