‘Swift’ Smith vs. Shuhei Sone: A true world title contender (photos)

Johnny Smith vs Shuhei Sone

Johnny “Swift” Smith of Northern Ireland faced Shuhei Sone of Japan in defense of his WKN Intercontinental Welterweight title. The pair headlined Billy Murray’s made-in Prokick event titled Lord of the Ring. The show took place at Stormont Hotel in Belfast on October 26.

It wasn’t all a step back in time as Johnny ‘Swift’ Smith topped the bill with a future World Title fight on the horizon. All he had to do was get past Shuhei Sone from Japan

A strong first round for Smith with his trademark low leg kicks and combinations working, set him up for a dominant second round. A stepping right hook wobbled Sone, with a combination finishing on a knee putting him to the ground. Smith looked for the finish immediately and within 30 seconds Sone was on the canvas again.

The Japanese fighter wouldn’t give up though, biting down on his gum shield, he gave everything he had to get back in the fight. Smith cornered him and laid down a barrage of body and head shots. Referee Bob Hunter had seen enough and stepped in to stop the fight.

Ulster Hall next for a WKN World title June 2020.