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Sam Maxwell believes his experience will trump young upstart Dalton Smith

Dalton Smith and Same Maxwell. Photo credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Commonwealth junior welterweight champion Sam Maxwell 17-1 (11) knows what a win over British champion Dalton Smith 14-0 (10) will mean for his career.

Maxwell, 34, from Liverpool will meet the popular Smith in the 24-year-old’s hometown of Sheffield at the Sheffield Arena in England on Saturday night.

Smith has built a name for himself in his homeland courtesy of appearances on a number of high-profile cards. He has boxed on the undercard of world title fights such as Mauricio Lara vs Leigh Wood, Joe Cordina vs Kenichi Ogawa and Josh Warrington vs Kiko Martinez, as well as headlining cards in his own right.

Maxwell will enter the bout a distinct underdog, but he believes he has mixed in better company and that it will show on fight night.

“Everyone knows my experience and what I’ve done in the game,” Maxwell said to the Liverpool Echo. “The way Dalton has been guided, he’s getting stepped up and stepped up, so this is the moment that we’ll see how good Dalton really is, fighting me, because I know I’m a great fighter.

“I’m extremely hungry right now. It was hard taking that loss but I’ve regrouped, come back and I feel like I’m much stronger now and it’s just about showing that on fight night now.

“The loss was another thing added to my experience and I’ve developed from that. I’m a better fighter for that loss I feel.

“A win for me would change the trajectory of my career. That’s why I’ve taken this fight. That’s why I’m training harder than I’ve ever trained in my life.

“Beating Dalton, Dalton is the man, he’s the poster boy, he’s had some great wins, so beating him shows I’m at that level and I’m putting my name out there to be in the big fights.”

For Smith’s part, he says he is more than ready for the step up in class and revealed he has been lobbying his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing to make the fight for some time.

“I said it before, I wanted this fight 18 months ago, Eddie, because it’s a fight that would put me up to the next level, but it’s also a fight I know that stylistically I’m going to look good in,” Smith said.

“You know me, I’m not one to talk crap, but when I see something and I believe in it, I’ll say it and I honestly do believe this is going to be a fight where Dalton Smith is going to look destructive.

“I’ve left no stone unturned. Believe me, it’s the best camp I’ve ever had. I’ve been out in LA sparring some of the best fighters in the world. I haven’t done that without any thought.

“That was my plan to go out there; I wanted this to be my best camp and it has been my best camp. It’s the best I’ve been performing.”