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Smith fails in world title bid, but Snoddon takes European crown

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Belfast’ Johnny ‘Swift’ Smith up against Sunghyun Lee from South Korea. Picture: Mark Marlow

Belfast’ Johnny ‘Swift’ Smith up against Sunghyun Lee from South Korea. Picture: Mark Marlow

Belfast’ Johnny ‘Swift’ Smith up against Sunghyun Lee from South Korea. Picture: Mark Marlow

Sunghyun Lee of Korea secured the World Kickboxing Network welterweight title against Bangor’s Johnny “Swift” Smith in Belfast on Saturday night.

In the main event on the ‘Knockdown Lockdown’ at the Stormont Hotel, the pair went head-to-head during five rounds of spectacular action.

As the final bell rang, one judge scored the fight in favor of Smith, while two other judges gave it to Lee who consequently was awarded the victory by split decision.

Smith suffered the first defeat in his professional kickboxing career, but the current WKN Intercontinental welterweight title holder has vowed to became a world Professional champion.

“I’ll not give up until I get there,” he roared.

But there’s a new champion in town in the shape of Dundonald teenager, Jay Snoddon.

He faced Italian Ranieri Cingolani for the WKN European K1 title and Snoddon came shooting out on the first bell with a real intensity.

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Cingolani fought right back and gained some control in the clinch. In the fourth round Snoddon stepped it up a gear, connecting with a left roundhouse kick to the Italian’s body followed by a left hook to the exact same spot, visibly hurting Cingolani.

Snoddon launched an onslaught of punches, kicks and knees and left the Italian in the corner as the bell sounded for the end of round 4.

The Italian’s coach decided that his fighter had had enough and Snoddon was crowned European champion.

Grace Goody, from Lisburn, faced experienced German Kubra Akdut for the WKN Bantamweight European title.

The German’s experience and power shone through with ProKick head coach Billy Murray retiring his fighter Goody at the end of the fourth round.


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