CODIE Smith is the latest boxer to declare an interest in fighting at Oakwell – having won his second professional fight.
The 19-year-old featherweight defeated Spain’s Francisco Rodriguez at the Newcastle Arena at the weekend, live on DAZN.
It was his second points win from as many professional outings.
Smith is from Hemsworth but had a spell with Barnsley FC’s academy.
“My goal is to bring a massive fight night to Yorkshire, in one of the football stadiums, either Huddersfield or Barnsley,” said Smith.
“Oakwell would be unbelievable.
“My dad asked me where my dream fight would be and while a lot of people would say Vegas, mine would be to defend a world title at Oakwell.”
Smith has turned professional early.
He said: “My goal has always been to be a professional world champion, rather than an Olympian.
“But had the weights not changed, and the opportunity come, then I would’ve gone to the Olympics.
“Also, Covid stopped me going to the European Championships.
“I had a good resume as an amateur, I had 68 fights and won 61.
“I won national titles but the only thing I didn’t do was box at those Europeans because of Covid.
“I knew I would’ve won a gold medal in that tournament.”
Promoter Kalle Sauerland added: “These are exciting times for Yorkshire boxing and Codie has the swagger, the confidence and ability to become the next star from the region.”
Callum Simpson, from Barnsley town centre, wants to fight at Oakwell next summer.
The 26-year-old light-heavyweight has won all 12 professional fights including this last two on Sky Sports.
He is currently in Canada sparring world champion Artur Beterbiev for the second time.