Francisco Vargas Gains Technical Nod, Smith With Severe Injury

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas - In a crossroads super featherweight battle, former world champion Francisco Vargas (24-1-2, 17 KOs) from Mexico City, Mexico won a nine round technical decision over Stephen Smith (25-4, 15 KOs) of Liverpool, UK. The scores were 89-82, 88-83, 88-83.

The fight was stopped during the ninth due to a severe injury to Smith's left ear from an accidental clash of hedas.

For Vargas, this was his first bout since suffering his first career defeat, when he was stopped, and lost his WBC title, to Miguel Berchelt in January. Prior to that, in June 2016, he fought in a Fight of The Year battle with Orlando Salido - which ended in a draw.

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Coming in, Smith was 2-2 in his last four fights - with defeats in his two biggest tests against Jason Sosa and Jose Pedroza. Smith is the brother of the big Smith clan, with Callum Smith, Paul Smith and Liam Smith.

It was a real active fight in the first five rounds, with Smith holding his own and fighting Vargas on the inside. But Vargas was landing the harder and more stiffer punches.

The contest continued to play out with at a very active pace, with both having moments  and doing good work at close range with hard shots.

Vargas' hard shots were starting to do a lot of damage in the second half of the contest. The left ear of Smith practically hanging off in the ninth round, from a clash of heads that took place earlier in the action and the ringside doctor stopped the bout - sending it to the scorecards.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Johnston on 12-10-2017

Just watched the fight, never seen a ear hang off someone's face like that

Comment by bigdunny1 on 12-10-2017

that ear was so gruesome. But good win for vargas, just what he needed got some rounds of work and ended the fight with no cuts. Really happy his face held up.

Comment by mattr on 12-10-2017

This 'writer' clearly doesn't know the meaning of the word 'crossroads fight', as it pertains to boxing. It's when one guy is an up and comer and the other is a veteran who is slightly past his prime. That was…

Comment by Chrismart on 12-10-2017

I've not caught up with the fight yet, seen the pics though. Looks grim.

Comment by olivetree66 on 12-10-2017

[QUOTE=Golden Boi 360;18320368]I hear it was caused by a headbutt. I think Margarito did this with fists [img][/img][/QUOTE] That's what happens when plaster meets ear

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