SNIPER Sam Smith could fight before taking to the ring at Swindon’s MECA for Fight Town One in March, trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick has revealed.

Smith, 25, experienced an indifferent 12 months last year – losing to both Kirk Garvey and Shakan Pitters between wins over Darren Snow at the York Hall and Raimonds Sniedzs at the MECA in early December.

The 6’ 3” super middleweight, who has dropped down from light heavyweight, will make his second appearance in four months at Swindon’s premier boxing venue towards the end of March – however a run out before then is highly likely should the right challenge reveal itself.

With just eight professional fights to his name, Fitzpatrick believes Smith is displaying great signs of ambition ahead of his ninth bout – something which he believes will benefit him moving forward.

He said: “He’s only had eight fights, it’s odd talking about a guy that’s willing to fight anyone when he’s only had eight fights himself – he is looking to fight anyone in the domestic division.

“He’s a fighting man, he’s a travelling man – he wants to be tested. We’ll get him out again in March, and if something pops up before then that is significant then he will be out in that.

“At super-middleweight he’s going to have a good advantage. He’s 6’3”, at that height – given he’s been competing confidently at light-heavyweight – then he makes himself a promising prospect.”

Fitzpatrick also believes that Smith’s decision to step down to super middleweight will prove advantageous this year.

Describing last year as a ‘year of growth’, Fitzpatrick expects the Reading-born professional to make his mark at his new weight.

“It’s always the same year in and year out,” said Fitzpatrick.

“Firstly, it’s about developing the fighters, then putting a fighter in a position where you are ready to take the bigger risks by putting them in bigger bouts.

“Sniper finished the year off with a win, and even though he had two losses this year he had a fantastic year of growth – he had losses against two good men, Kirk Garvey and Shaken Pitters.

“He’s moving from light heavyweight down to super-middle, and I think he can make a dent domestically at that level.”