Dalton Smith will attempt to win a Lonsdale belt outright when he makes the third defence of the British super lightweight title against Sam Maxwell in July.
The Sheffield native is the headline event in his hometown for the second time in his career and boasts an unbeaten record, but former world title challenger Maxwell is perhaps his biggest test to date.
Smith is working towards attempting to engineer a world title shot of his own and that could be on the cards in 2024 if he can overcome Maxwell, who will also feel he has a chance to get back to fighting at world level if he can claim a victory in July.
|Dalton Smith v Sam Maxwell
|Sheffield Arena, Sheffield
|22:00, Saturday 1st July 2023
|How to watch
The fight between Dalton Smith and Sam Maxwell is due to take place on Saturday 1st July 2023.
The main card is due to begin at around 7pm BST and the headline fight between Dalton Smith and Sam Maxwell is expected to start around 10pm BST.
The fight is due to take place at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield.
The Arena is perhaps best known as a music venue, but has hosted a number of big boxing events in the past.
The likes of Joe Calzaghe, Chris Eubank and Ricky Hatton have all graced the Sheffield Arena, as well as home heroes Kell Brook and Naseem Hamed.
The card will be broadcast live on streaming service DAZN.
There are two titles on the line as Smith is the current British Super Lightweight champion and Maxwell holds the Commonwealth strap.
Sheffield native Smith is unbeaten with 14 wins in as many fights, and 10 of his victories have come via stoppages.
The 26-year-old claimed the British title with a 6th round TKO victory over Sam O'Maison in August 2022 and has made two successful defences since, beating both Kaisee Benjamin and Billy Allington via unanimous decisions.
Smith’s goal is to claim the Lonsdale belt outright, which is awarded to a boxer when they make three successful defences of the British title.
His last outing came in February as he outpointed Allington in Nottingham and July’s meeting with Maxwell will be his second hometown fight.
Maxwell has 17 wins and one defeat on his record - 11 of his wins have come inside the distance.
Maxwell's solitary loss came in a failed world title bid as he was stopped in the ninth round by Mexican Alejandro Meneses in his hometown of Liverpool and he has since bounced back from that defeat with a points win over Shaun Cooper.
The 34-year-old has held the Commonwealth title since 2021, but this is his first defence of the belt, while he has previously held the British title he is challenging for.
There are seven fights expected to take place on the undercard, including two WBA Continental title fights.
Pat McCormack is due to take on Tony Dixon for the super welterweight belt, and Hopey Price will take on James Beech Jr for the featherweight strap.
Beatriz Ferreira against Karla Ramos Zamora is the only other confirmed fight so far, with Junaid Bostan, Aaron Bowen, Nico Leivars and Corey O’Regan also set to be in action against yet to be confirmed opponents.