Spartacus has date at the palace

SPARTACUS, Bramford's British Masters light heavyweight professional boxing champion, will be in action at Alexandra Palace next month.The 26-year-old, whose real name is Steve Smith, won the masters title in July at the Norwich Sports Village to make it 13 wins out of 13 since turning pro.

By Dave Allard

SPARTACUS, Bramford's British Masters light heavyweight professional boxing champion, will be in action at Alexandra Palace next month.

The 26-year-old, whose real name is Steve Smith, won the masters title in July at the Norwich Sports Village to make it 13 wins out of 13 since turning pro.

He now looks forward to a non-title contest with Clinton Johnson in North London on Saturday, October 4.


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"It's a fight to keep me ticking over," said the former Claydon High School pupil who has his sights set on one day landing the full British title and even more.

Before long the ex-Eastern Counties amateur champion is set to sign a two-year fight contract with Mick Hennessey, the BBC television boxing promoter.

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"That's an exciting thought and could involved loads of fights over a two-year period," said Spartacus, who will not be underestimating next opponent Johnson.

The Suffolk ring favourite said of him: "He's been in with some of the best and has caused world

contender Clinton Woods a few problems. He's got many wins on his record and I've been looking at him on video.

"It's important that I keep my unbeaten run going and extend it to 14. This fight will be over just six rounds. But it's a very important one. Johnson is the sort of boxer who can be very dangerous.

"But if you keep the pressure up on him he can be in trouble. I'm working very, very hard in training to make sure I keep that pressure on when we meet for our fight."

The top of the bill fight on the Alexandra Palace show will be a European light middleweight title bout between David Walker and Roland Karlinzan.

Herbie Hide, Norwich's former world heavyweight champion, will also be in action.

Spartacus, who enters the ring in full gladiator regalia, will have his usual big backing again.

He says: "My fans have been terrific. I've been very lucky with the support I've had in my career so far. The Spartacus Army, as they call themselves, have been an inspiration to me in both my

amateur and professional career."

Spartacus is managed and trained by Tony Sims of Chigwell.

He says: "The boy is gaining in experience and improving all the time. Having this British Masters title has been a big boost to him. Bigger things are surely in the offing and I hope he can become a fully blown British title holder before too long.

"He's only 26, has 13 straight wins under his belt and is on the up and up."

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