Smith To Challenge Edwards For English In Manchester

By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)

Phil Smith has been handed the chance to fight for his first professional title later this year.

The Liverpool lad, who has previously campaigned at super flyweight, will step down to flyweight and is set to feature live on Sky Sports.

Smith, nicknamed ‘Twinny’, is scheduled to challenge Charlie Edwards for the English title on November 21 after confirmation was received that the fight had been sanctioned.

It will take place at the Manchester Arena as part of the supporting cast to Anthony Crolla’s second world title challenge against Darleys Pérez and will be flanked by the return of WBC International super featherweight champion Martin J Ward.

Edwards won the belt from former champ Louis Norman in London earlier this month, with what could be described as a punch perfect performance, but 29-year-old Smith, 6-1, who has not boxed since January, will look to take the honour away from the former Team GB star in only his first defence.

Elsewhere on the bill, undefeated light heavyweight talent Hosea Burton and Southampton’s Tony Hill will clash for the vacant WBC International title, while Tommy Coyle will step through the ropes for the first time since being stopped by Luke Campbell in August.

And new signing Scott Fitzgerald, who joined Matchroom after leaving Team GB, will fight for the second time as a pro on the card and will be joined by Hosea Burton’s gym-mate Marcus Morrison, who produced a scintillating display in Liverpool to remain unbeaten.

Tickets for ‘Pride Of Manchester’, priced at £40, £60, £80 and £100, are on sale now and available from www.manchester-arena.com or by calling 08448 478000.

VIP tickets, priced at just £200, are available exclusively through www.matchroomboxing.com or by phone on 01277 359900.

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