I’ve already looked at those who gained the most this year and those who lost the most. But how about those who basically stood still? As a general rule in boxing you’re either rising to the surface or sinking towards the bottom but for some boxers it appears they spent 2013 treading water. Despite the somewhat pejorative title, this isn’t a list of those who had a bad year… some of these names have had a pretty good year all-told. It’s a list of people we expected more from and for whatever reason… be it in their control or not… it simply hasn’t happened that way.
Not so very long ago it seemed like Frank Warren was watching his stable of boxers implode. Both George Groves and Ricky Burns, two of his most high profile boxers, left him and eventually signed with Warren’s main domestic rival Matchroom Sports.
Now it look like it could be happening again.
Stephen Smith is one of the four Smith brothers (along with Callum, Liam and Paul), with Stephen, Liam and Paul all holding British titles and Callum the English belt. Stephen won the belt with a beautiful uppercut knockout over Gary Buckland and looks to be one of the brighter lights in British boxing… if nothing else his war with Lee Selby was great fun to watch, even if he came out on the losing side.
Smith has just announced that he intends to leave W Promotions (one of the many promotional companies Warren has control over)
I’ve been with W Promotions since I turned pro and during that time have held the British Featherweight and Super-Featherweight titles. Now though the time has come to pursue my career away from W Promotions. As such I’m today announcing the termination of my contract with W Promotions. I would like to thank everyone at W Promotions for the support and guidance they’ve given me.