Academy is set up to flourish, says Smith
STEVIE Smith is on course to fill his next professional boxing show with a bill of all his own fighters as his academy continues to flourish.
The former world champion established his boxing academy two years ago, taking Tommy Coyle to the WBC International Silver Lightweight title last month at Hull City Hall.
Coyle's victory, in which he was joined on the bill by stable-mates Tom Knight and Danny Little on their debut, was the fourth of Smith's City Hall Showdown events.
Currently with a team of four fighters, including another local boxer in Billy Dawson, Smith is in negotiations with two more boxers and has one in the bag as he bids to grow one of the strongest northern gyms.
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"The pro stable is growing now, as well as Tommy Coyle, we have Tom Knight, Danny Little and Billy Dawson is back in training too," said Smith.
"I've also recently signed to manage a new professional boxer who will make his pro debut on our next show in 2013 and I'm in negotiations with two other fighters.
"Come 2013 we will be running our professional shows with six to seven fight cards of all local fighters and that's great for the city.
While Smith's pro stable is continuing to grow, he says the pro-am gym will still place a big emphasis on the latter in 2013.
Connor Coghill recently made the CYP quarter-finals as Yorkshire champion, with Smith set to enter his protege into the ABA's next year.
"We are working very closely with other boxing clubs in the city which is just fantastic for the sport," added Smith.
"We work with Mike Gibbons from City of Hull ABC and Phil Knight of Fishtrades ABC and that has been really beneficial to all of us and our team members.
"These partnerships have had a very positive impact on both amateur and professional boxing in the city in 2012, and between us 2013 is looking to be a very productive year for boxing in Hull."