Warrington wins in style
Leeds' Josh Warrington added the British featherweight title to his Commonwealth championship with a unanimous points victory over Martin Lindsay on Wednesday night.
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Fighting on his home patch at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, Warrington comprehensively outboxed his more experienced rival to gain an overwhelming decision on all three cards.
The tone was set early in the bout as Warrington's greater speed and combination counters allowed him to dominate, with 32-year-old Lindsay struggling to handle his opponent's work-rate and punching angles.
After bossing the first four stanzas, Warrington looked to take a bit of a breather in the fifth as Lindsay finally had some success, but the younger man upped the ante again in the sixth.
Warrington then trapped his man on the ropes in the seventh as he pushed for a stoppage, but Lindsay defended bravely and, having survived that onslaught, it became increasingly evident he would battle through to the final bell.
Although the Northern Irishman duly did so, Warrington continued to call the tune to the very end, although the mutual respect was clear to see as the pair embraced before and after the final round.
Ultimately it was one-sided on the cards as all three judges gave Warrington the verdict by a scoreline of 119-110, the promising 23-year-old adding a Lonsdale strap to his collection.
"I'm living the dream, when I first turned pro this is what I set out to do and I've done it. In Leeds in front of an amazing crowd tonight," Warrington told Sky Sports. "Words can't describe it."
Stephen Smith came through a tough battle with Argentina's Mauricio Munoz to potentially secure himself a shot at the WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura.
Munoz only stepped in to what was a title eliminator at a week's notice after compatriot Fernando Saucedo pulled out, but the 28-year-old had already twice unsuccessfully fought for world titles - including as recently as last July against Russia's Evgeny Gradovich.
By contrast, it was the first time Smith had mixed at world level, but he emerged triumphant to claim a career victory against a capable opponent.
Smith started sharply and connected with a hurtful right uppercut in the second, following it with another accurate right, but as the contest drew on Munoz increasingly looked to draw his rival into a brawl.
Munoz enjoyed some success at the start of the fifth with some scything punches, but Smith stayed patient and began to wear his man down with more accurate and considered work.
A series of hurtful body shots took their toll in the eighth and, although he did not look in trouble as he made his way back to his stool, Munoz did not make it back out for the ninth.
"I knew it was going to be a tough ask, he's not fought for a world title twice for nothing, but I knew my boxing ability would get me through in the end and my punch power would affect him," Smith told Sky Sports.