Steve boxed in Scotland and Northern England during the early part of his career – the last being a sensational all action Battle Royale with Hartlepool prospect Callum Wilton, in July 2012, the bout was so closely fought that Referee Andrew Right was unable to split them, electing to score the contest a 38-38 draw.
Shortly after that bout Steve, whose record stood at one win, four losses and the single draw whilst boxing in Britain, decided to switch from BBBofC to his home sanctioning orgainsation, the Malta Boxing Commission, a switch that see a remarkable turnaround to Steve’s fortunes – stopping eight of the nine opponents since making the switch, as well as securing the WBUv and WBF International titles as well as winning the WBF World Welterweight crown.
The first came just one month following the change to teh MBC, when Steve stopped Germany’s Patryk Wolke in the third at the Pembroke Arena in Malta.
Off the back of this victory Steve’s management began negotiations to challenge Sabri Ulas Goecmen for the WBUv International crown, which also took place at the Prembroke Arena, Prembroke, Malta in December.
Throughout the bout Steve demonstrated the power that ‘Smithy’ had bought to his game, before stopping the tough German in the fifth to secure his first title.
In the contracted title rematch, which took place in May 2013, Steve went one step further, knocking out the Goecmen in the second round.
Since then Steve secured a third round TKO over tough Bosnian opponent Adnan Zilic in July 2013 and then stopped Zilic’s fellow countryman Jasmin Vrskic in the second round.
In February 2014, in the only fight of his revived career to go the distance, Steve beat Frenchman Jean Moraiti by split decision – Judge Amabli Camilleri scored the bout 77-75 and Judge Charlie Cordona 78-74 in favour of Steve with only Judge scoring in favour of Jean, by a 78-74 margin.
The following month disposed of Ghana’s reigning National Champion and Commonwealth title challenger Isaac Quartey in six rounds, before beating Anto Nakic with a first round knockout.
This victory set Steve up for a shot at Gyorgy Varju, for the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) International title, which he won comfortably with a third round knockout.
No surprise that this win set Steve up for a future showdown with Graham Earl for the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) World crown, which duly took place at the Hilton Hotel at Portomaso in Malta on the 22nd August 2014.
Once again the fight came to a premature end, when Graham’s corner threw in the towel, to prevent their man being knocked out in the tenth of the twelve rounder, and Steve become crowned the new World Boxing Federation (WBF) Welterweight World Champion.