Dalton Smith has spoken out about his decision to extend his promotional with Matchroom, and described Eddie Hearn as the best promoter in the game.
There was much speculation regarding whether Smith would stay with Hearn or not, with Boxxer reportedly heavily interested in securing the light welterweight’s signature.
However, Smith explained to IFL TV he was satisfied with the work Matchroom had done for him so far and saw no reason to change allegiances.
“I didn’t get too much of a headache with it. I left it all to my management team then I made the final decision.”
“For me, Eddie’s proven he’s the best promoter out there. You’ve got the Sky Sports platform and all that, but all I know is Eddie and he’s delivered for me, so I’m excited for the next few fights.”
‘Thunder’ is widely regarded as one of the very best prospects in UK boxing and is already British champion despite having just 13 fights.
His last fight, a mandatory defence of his British title against Kaisee Benjamin, actually took place on Sky Sports, adding fuel to the rumours that a change in promoters could be imminent.
That speculation was squashed this week when news broke Smith would be remaining with Matchroom, and Hearn made no attempt to hide his delight at retaining the 25 year old.
Smith has already headlined a show in his native Sheffield, and Hearn told fans in the Steel city they should not expect that to be a one-off occasion.
“I’m delighted to extend our deal with one of the very best talents in world boxing Dalton Smith. Dalton and his team enjoyed a brilliant 2022 that saw him pick up the British Super-Lightweight Title in his first headline fight in Sheffield back in August.”
“Some huge nights at Sheffield Arena lay ahead for Dalton Smith as we continue to guide him towards the top of the 140lbs division and a dream fight at the home of his beloved Sheffield Wednesday.”