The vacant British super-lightweight title is up for grabs when Dalton Smith and Sam O'Maison clash on Saturday night.
Smith has been climbing the super-lightweight ladder and the Matchroom-backed fighter now has the chance to claim the British title when taking on former English champion O'Maison.
Dalton Smith v Sam O'Maison
Utilita Arena, Sheffield
22:00, Saturday 6th August 2022
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Live on DAZN
Dalton Smith 1/33, Sam O'Maison 9/1, Draw 25/1
The contest will take place on Saturday 6th August, 2022.
Coverage of the card gets underway at 19:00. The British super-lightweight title fight is expected to get started at 20:00. Times are dependent on the length of each bout on the night, but there appears to be enough space to allow a 22:00 start.
The bout will take place at the Utilita Arena, Sheffield. The venue is the home to Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team and it has also played host to Premier League darts. There's a maximum capacity of 13,600 and the acoustics of the venue often lead to a good atmosphere.
The fight will be shown live on subscription streaming service DAZN. The bout will be available in over 200 countries and can be viewed on a myriad of devices.
Smith is the 1/33 favourite for this contest and 13/2 to win by stoppage, while O'Maison is 9/1 to upset the odds on Saturday night.
Yes. The vacant British super-lightweight title is on the line. The Lonsdale belt has previously been held by the likes of Jack Catterall, Ricky Hatton and Junior Witter. The strap was in the possession of Sam Maxwell, but Super Sam has since suffered a heavy defeat when challenging for the IBO super-lightweight title.
Smith is unbeaten in 11 professional contests and the Thunder has put in some heavy-hitting performances. The Sheffield star has recorded nine stoppage victories in the opening 11 fights of his career and he has certainly created a good impression.
Of course, Smith hasn't been in with world beaters, but victories over Ray Moylette, Mauro Perouene and Nathan Bennett read well in the context of this test.
The last time Thunder was put in at domestic level he absolutely destroyed Lee Appleyard in six rounds. That victory secured an English title and Smith is rated inside the WBC's top-30 super-lightweights.
A crack at the British title looks a natural progression for the Sheffield star and the 25-year-old already looks a class above domestic level.
O'Maison is an experienced performer having racked-up 21 professional contests. The Sensation has three defeats on his card, but the 31-year-old has held the English super-lightweight title.
The Sheffield southpaw beat Kevin Hooper for the English crown in 2019, but then lost the belt after a pair of fights with Kay Prospere. O'Maison has since recovered to beat Serge Ambomo in May this year, but the Sensation will need the performance of his career to follow that up with another victory.
Only nine of the Sheffield southpaw's 17 professional victories have come by stoppage and power isn't going to be O'Maison's most likely route to victory.
Defeat to Luca Giacon doesn't read too bad, but the Sensation's 2014 loss to journeyman Michael Mooney is a major concern in the context of this contest.
O'Maison doesn't appear to have the tools that will be required to shock Smith.
Competitive fights are in short supply on the undercard, but there are some promising fighters in action. Johnny Fisher, Hopey Price, Campbell Hatton and Aqib Fiaz are all set to step in the ring and Jordan Thompson's clash with Vasil Ducar should be an interesting contest.