Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Stephen Smith Defeats Simpson, Price Crushes Butler

By Alexey Sukachev

In front of a roaring Liverpool crowd, local featherweight Stephen Smith (12-0, 6 KOs) transformed himself into arguably the best active British 126lber after a heated and a bit questionable victory over reigning national champion John Simpson (22-8, 9 KOs). Not only he defeated the IBF #4 ranked pugilist but he also acquired the BBBofC British featherweight belt, notched himself into a worldwide contention and prevented the Scottish fighter from a sweet revenge.

It was the second time both boxers shared the same ring. In September 2010, former amateur star Smith, who had previously won only against non-descript opposition, stepped up hugely in class and soundly upset Simpson to get a split nod and the Commonwealth title with it. That fight was also a BBBofC British 126lb eliminator. Interestingly, it was Simpson who eventually got his chance at the defending champion and realized it, masterfully getting a road win over previously undefeated Martin Lindsey in December.

In what turned out to be a war of attrition, Smith started in frenetic space continuously rocking slower Simpson while fighting at the middle range. The first stanza was all in challenger's favour. Things started to break up slowly in the second when Simpson caught his breath and started to retaliate under heavy fire. Rounds two and three were for John Simpson, but in the fourth Smith scored several hard blows to make another turnaround. Rounds five to nine thrilled the audience with a see-saw action, with both of the fighters scoring repeatedly. An entire contest was thought to be going in Simpson's favour as he forced Smith to work inside where the style prevented the challenger from inflicting any serious damage to the champion.

It was a perception (to a degree) that the bout was slowly and slightly heading to Simpson, but in the tenth Smith mounted yet another comeback. Rounds eleven and twelve were even with neither fighter getting an edge. After twelve rounds of battling, judge Dave Parris scored this fight a draw but he was overrun by the third judge (115-114) and by Terry O'Connor, who had astonishing 118-112 in Smith's favour. Unlike the officials, BoxingScene saw this contest 113-116 - for the defending (and now former) British champion.

----------------------

Towering (6'8'') British heavyweight hope David Price (10-0, 8 KOs) has never looked that sensational as he did at Olympia Hall in Liverpool, England. Price, 27, a three-time ABA super heavyweight champion as an amateur, started his quickie against American journeyman Rafael Butler (35-10, 28 KOs) at a measured pace. It all ended seconds after the end of the first minute of the very first round.

The British giant landed a single straight right hand flush on Butler's chin, which put him down heavily. The American fighter managed to get himself up at the count of nine but Price soon put an end to the fight with a short left hook, which sent Butler down for the second time. Rafael beat the count but referee Steve Gray saw enough and halted the action at 1:48 of the opening stanza. Next for Price is a fight against "Big" John McDermott on June 11 in the BBBofC British heavyweight title eliminator.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Badou Jack Wants Adonis Stevenson After Nathan Cleverly Shot Fury: 'I'm a Fat Bastard;' Says He Must Lose 100-Plus Pounds Canelo On Chavez: He Didn't Try to Win; You Have to Have Balls! Mikey Garcia Wants Linares, Lomachenko or Pacquiao in The Fall Daily Bread Mailbag: Ward-Kovalev II Ending, Canelo-VADA, More Andre Dirrell vs. Jose Uzcategui Rematch Ordered By The IBF Arum Feels Horn Will Become Major Star After Pacquiao Fight De La Hoya: Canelo vs. Golovkin is a Trilogy Type of Fight Canelo: Big Difference Between Me and The Guys Golovkin KO'd Manny Pacquiao - Nothing To Prove, Not Much To Lose Horn's Trainer: Secret 10-Point Plan in Place To Beat Pacquiao Pacquiao: McGregor Not Compatible With Boxing - He Won't Win Lomachenko's Manager Responds Back To Team Rigondeaux Shane Mosley Jr. Motivated To Impress on Pacquiao-Horn Card Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury Now in Manchester, September 23 Fortune: Plain and Simple - Horn Has No Shot To Beat Pacquiao! Team Rigondeaux on Lomachenko: We're Calling Your 130 Bluff! Photos: Tomasz Adamek Returns, Defeats Solomon Haumono Duran: If McGregor is Serious, He'll Break Mayweather's Legs Rigondeaux Wants Lomachenko at 126, Worried He'll Go To 135 Omar Chavez Wants To Get His Hands on Antonio Margarito Roach: I Have Not Seen This Manny Pacquiao in Seven Years! Pacquiao: I've Never Been This Motivated, Fired Up For a Fight! Loeffler: Canelo-GGG, Mayweather-McGregor Both Will Do Well Lomachenko's Manager Dares Rigondeaux: Come Up To 130! Broner Trainer: Garcia Is 'No Marcos Maidana, No Shawn Porter' Light Heavy Holds, Burnett Enters at 118: BScene Ratings Update Buatsi Confident Joshua Will Guide Him Proper To a World Title Carlos Negron Drops Derric Rossy Twice, Stops Him in Four Anthony Fowler Eager To Improve Despite Second Win Manny Pacquiao: Horn is No Easy Fight, He's a Tough Opponent Hopkins Rips Mayweather: Shows a Lack of Respect For Boxing! Golovkin-Canelo and the Allure of Exclusivity Javier Fortuna Crushes Mario Beltre in Two Rounds Carlos Diaz Stays on Track, Decisions Sergio Puente Over Ten BJ Flores Dominates Nick Guivas, Wants Bigger Fight Golovkin: Everyone Knows Saunders is Not Serious, He's a Clown Tyrone Brunson Gets Off The Mat To Blast Out Kermit Cintron Santa Cruz's Father Wants Interim-Bout Before Mares Rematch Heather Hardy Wins MMA Debut With TKO on Bellator Card
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement