Smith ready to make his mark at Wembley

Harrow’s super-featherweight prospect Mitchell Smith will get another chance to showcase his talent when he fights at Wembley Arena this Saturday.

The 20-year-old was originally due to appear at the same venue on 16 March, as were West Londoners George Groves, Gary Corcoran and Steve O’Meara, but the show was called off.

It means this weekend’s bout – Smith’s sixth in the professional ranks – will be his first of 2013.

Following a number of changes of opponent, Yorkshire-based 34-year-old Gavin Reid is currently the man he is scheduled to face.

“I’ve just got to deal with whoever’s put in front of me. I’m an exciting fighter and I’ll beat whoever I come up against,” Smith told West London Sport.

“Because of the postponement, it’s probably 18 weeks since I’ve known about this fight, so I’ve been in top shape for a while.

“Training seems to have gone really well and I feel in the best shape I’ve been in.

Steve O'Meara
O’Meara is also on the Wembley show.

“I’ve got a new strength and conditioning coach, Mark Alcock, to work on that side of things and it’s had an effect.”

Smith made a blistering start to his pro career last year and is already being touted as a future contender for major titles.

And he already has a growing fan base – more than 350 of his supporters will be at Wembley.

But for the time being he is focused on learning his trade while extending his unbeaten record.

He said: “I’m already quite high in the British rankings.

“I’d love to fight for a title soon and if an opportunity comes up we’ll of course look at it, but there’s no need to rush as I’m only 20.

“At the moment I’m just dealing with this fight coming up and the aim is always to win and look good.

“I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to get in there on Saturday.”

O’Meara and Wembley welterweight Corcoran will also be on Saturday’s bill, which is headlined by Nathan Cleverly’s world title defence against Robin Krasniqi.

The unbeaten Corcoran will face Mark McKray, while West Drayton’s O’Meara takes on Chas Symonds.

It will be the Shepherd’s Bush-born O’Meara’s first fight since an unsuccessful attempt to win the Commonwealth light-middleweight title in December.



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