Stephen Smith will fight on the Froch vs Groves undercard after signing for Matchroom
Last Updated: 07/11/13 1:30pm
Stephen Smith: Will fight in November after joining Matchroom
Matchroom have signed British super-featherweight champion Stephen Smith, initially on a three-fight deal.
Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed on Thursday that Smith, one of four successful boxing brothers, will make the first defence of his title in November.
Smith, 28, took the belt from Gary Buckland with a stunning fifth round knockout in August.
"I've been watching Stephen over the last period and his fight against Gary Buckland was hugely impressive, with a great knockout victory," said Hearn.
"Stephen will be boxing on the Carl Froch vs George Groves card on November 23. We have an obligation to fight Gary Sykes, which we are happy to do so and will be speaking to the board about.
"He's also rated No 9 in the WBC, No 11 in the WBA and No 11 in the WBO, so we have business to deal with and our aim is to get Stephen a world title shot in 2014.
"We believe the Sykes fight is a great one hopefully we can get that made for the Manchester Arena."
Smith had been due to fight next on December 7, alongside brothers and fellow title holders Liam and Paul, under his former promoter.
"I'm looking forward to pushing on with my career," he said. "If Sykes comes next it's one I'll really look forward to."