It has been announced that the 24-year-old Wednesdayite, who is tipped for big things in the ring, has joined the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme, and he says that he’s desperate to give back to the community that helped raise him.
A statement released today read, “Working alongside the SWFCCP, Steel City Boxing Gym and Maverick Stars Trust charity, Dalton will help guide vulnerable young people onto the right side of the tracks.
“The project, underpinned by South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Premier League Target Funding and Maverick Stars Trust, will focus on life skill workshops and mentoring, together with boxing and fitness sessions.”
Speaking to the club’s official website about the new partnership, Smith said, “I’ve always been one to give back to the community, it’s something that is really important to me. The Sheffield community has given a lot to me and it’s all about paying that back.
“That’s what I want to do all throughout my career. I’ve always supported Wednesday and the club have followed my journey and supported me too.
“It’s been amazing to see the relationship develop and the messages and well-wishes I’ve had from Wednesday fans that mean so much.
“It’s something I’ve really appreciated and it’s only right that I take this next step with Sheffield Wednesday and give something back.”
Speaking to The Star not long ago, Smith revealed that one of his dreams is to host – and win – a world title fight at Hillsborough in the future, and he’ll be looking to take another step on that journey next month.
He faces Lee Appleyard on May 15th for the English Super Lightweight title and will once again be donning blue and white shorts and gloves – and possibly even his WAWAW headband.
The Sheffielder has won all seven of his professional fights to date, and will be desperate to keep up his 100% record next Saturday.
Hopefully Wednesday have done enough to make sure he can celebrate victory for two weekends in a row.