Spartacus invades Rome

Boxing: SUFFOLK ring warrior Spartacus is on the warpath in Rome.The light heavyweight professional boxer from Bramford, whose real name is Steve Smith, is in the Italian capital for a week of high profile sparring.

By Dave Allard

SUFFOLK ring warrior Spartacus is on the warpath in Rome.

The light heavyweight professional boxer from Bramford, whose real name is Steve Smith, is in the Italian capital for a week of high profile sparring.

He is being paid to be the number one sparring partner for Vincenzo Cantatore, the Italian cruiserweight champion who has won all his 28 fights, 27 by knock-out.

Later this month he will be fighting Wayne Braithwaite of South Africa for the vacant WBC world crown.

Spartacus, who has won all nine of his professional fights, has been out of action for the past few months with a hand injury.

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This top ten rated British light heavyweight, says: "The hand is feeling much better and it is a great experience to train with Cantatore.

"His record suggests that concentration has to be very high at all times."

Earlier this year he was hired for sparring in Germany.

Before the end of this year Spartacus hopes to have a shot at the Southern Area title.

Success could lead to a British title crack.

He continued: "The hand injury has been a big setback. But it's still early in my professional career and this opportunity in Rome can only help me."

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