February 2021 marked a definitive return to boxing, which has had on and off again periods of inactivity and spells of relevant fights. February marked somewhat of a return to normal. Major fight cards occurred all over the world. Some of the best prospects gave us glimpses of brilliance, and a peek into what the sweet science will look like for years to come. Among the prospects was Olympic hopeful and top-ranked US prospect who chose to forego the Olympics and turn pro, as well as a slick Irishman who showed multi-faceted skills and Matchroom USA’s premier 130-pound prospect and two of PBC’s elite under-21 blue-chippers. However, none of them shined like the 24-year-old Dalton “Thunder” Smith did on February 13th at Wembley stadium who took a step up in competition and destroyed Ishmael Ellis over three lopsided rounds and retired him in his corner. Thunder, who hails from Sheffield, Yorkshire, moved his record to a perfect 7-0, with all but one win by way of stoppage, and took a massive step forward in becoming a major player in the Junior welterweight picture and captures our Prospect of the Month award.
It was six months since the young Dalton Smith stepped into the ring and when a late replacement was announced, fans worried that Smith would not be getting suitable work. Luckily he was given an experienced opponent in Ishmael Ellis, a light-hitting, but slick mover and skilled boxer. Ellis started the fight off his back foot moving and flicking the jab. However, Dalton stayed composed and walked down his man. In the first round firing his shotgun jab and ripping thudding body shots, the undefeated prospect dominated the first. Smith continued his patient pressure in th second when Thunder roared at about the midway point of the second stanza, a monstrous right head made Ellis’s legs do a funny dance. The blue-chipper from the Steel City Gym in Sheffield fired off pinpoint combinations that had his opponent in a bad way. The third round started as the second ended with Ellis badly hurt and Smith on the prowl and at about the midway point Smith backed his man into the ropes again and started unleashing laser-like right hands and followed up with body shots. Thunder mixed in a left hook that rocked Ellis with just seconds left in the round. Smith jumped on his stunned opponent like a dog on fear unleashing power shots as the bell rang to save Ellis. However, his corner did the right thing and decided their man had seen enough and waved the fight off in the corner. Giving smith his sixth consecutive stoppage victory and moving is the record to 7-0 (6).
There is perhaps no better prospect than Dalton Smith with under a dozen fights anywhere in the UK. Smith has the type of power that can change the fight at any moment. However, he is not just a seek and destroy slugger looking for a knockout. He’s a fundamentally sound, boxer punch. A closer look at the Yorkshireman shows an ability to rip off beautiful three and four punch combinations as well as a shotgun-like jab and excellent composure. There’s no looking for one big shot to end the night like we saw from Smith back in Eddie’s Garden last summer. The Dalton Smith we saw at Wembley Arena, was a composed and patient boxer-puncher, who is on a direct path to fighting for a world title.. At just 7-0 (6) Smith will likely be moved up the ranks quickly fights with Lewis Ritson, Tyrone Mckenna or Luciano Randazzo by the end of 2021 could get him in the hunt for a world title in 2022.