WBO super welterweight champion, Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs), successfully defended his crown against Montenegro’s Predrag Radosevic, scoring a second round stoppage at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Smith, who was making the second defence of his title, sent Radosevic crashing to the canvas with a vicious left hook to the body at the halfway point of the second round. Radosevic, clearly hurt by the punishing blow, failed to beat the count and the referee called a halt to the contest.
In a post-fight interview, Smith stated: “I knew the first body shot hurt him so I went for him a little bit. I knew I’d get a reaction as soon as I did it again. It was a good performance and a good stoppage; Joe said it was a proper world champion’s performance.
“Everyone is seeing the names that are getting thrown at me. If I was offered one of those fights I’d take it. I was massively up for this fight as I knew what a win would mean. Retaining a world title in my own city was a special experience.”