Dalton Smith has signed a new five-fight deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.

The Sheffield fighter, who is the most decorated amateur ever to come out of the Steel City, has carried his electric form into the professional ranks, winning all but one of his eight contests inside the distance.

Smith, who is coached by his father Grant and managed by Paul Ready and Sean O’Toole at STN Sports, dominated Lee Appleyard in his last fight, stopping the former Commonwealth lightweight title challenger inside six rounds at Manchester Arena to claim the vacant English bauble up at 10 stone.

“I want to bring world championship boxing to Hillsborough [the home of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club] and this next five-fight roadmap feels like a big step towards that.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn hailed Smith, whose nickname is ‘Thunder’, as having been “faultless” since turning professional back in 2019 and went on to say that Smith will fight “all over the world as we move forward as a team to the top of the 140lbs division.”

A new fight date for Smith, who now has an exclusive broadcast deal with streaming giant DAZN as part of his link up with Hearn and Matchroom, will be dropped soon.

“Fans can expect to see me next year in tougher domestic challenges, competing for more titles and headlining in Sheffield,” he added.