Majority victory sets up British Title challenge

And the new: Stephen Smith
Liverpool’s Stephen Smith has been crowned the Commonwealth Featherweight Champion after a hard fought 12 round majority victory over Scotland’s John Simpson in Glasgow.
Smith started off well and took the fight to the champion, winning most of the early rounds with Simpson hitting some of the cleaner shots but “Swifty” showing all the heart of a champion to fend off some of Simpson’s best work.
The middle rounds were pretty even with both fighters giving as good as they got and trading blows at will.

Smith took his best round in the tenth but Simpson came back to take the eleventh, catching Smith with a beautiful uppercut in the process and with the twelfth round pretty even, both fighters were glad to hear the final bell.

With he judges at ringside scoring the contest 116-114 to Simpson and 116-114, 116-112 to Smith, the challenger got the hear the words he has been waiting for all his boxing career, and the new.

Hats off to the champion John Simpson who fought a hard fight and Stephen was first to acknowledge the fact “He has great boxing ability, he was tough and hard to hit inside,” Said the new champion.

“All credit to John Simpson, he’s a warrior,” he added.

Smith’s victory has now set up the chance to challenge British Featherweight Champion Martin Lindsay in 2011.

Phil D. Jay of World Boxing News reporting

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