Beefy Smith cuts the mustard with first round body shot knockout over Healy

15 Oct

Tommy Barber – London

Liam Smith elevated his domestic profile as a welterweight prospect with a stunning first round knockout over novice Geard Healy at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday, October 15. Smith was dominant from the opening bell and finished Healy with a well-placed punch to the side of the body. Healy made it to his feet to late to make the count and consequently suffered the first knockout defeat of his three-fight career.

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Barber’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Healy 8

Smith
10

Not much was known about Healy pre-fight due to his one win, one loss record but he looked to counter what Smith was bringing during the feeling out stage of the bout. Smith commanded the centre of the ring from the off. In the most meaningful punch of the night, Smith felled Healy with a punishing body shot with his left hand before following with a right uppercut that was blocked by a high guard. Healy, though, remained on his knees for the full count.

Smith showed a good experience in obtaining the knockout as he was pummeling Healy’s head with combinations which ensured the inexperienced fighter’s guard remained high, leaving the body exposed. Needing no second invitation, Smith dug one into his rub-cage.

“I’ve been working on loads of stuff in the gym and that was one of the things I’ve been working on,” ‘Beefy’ explained to Box Nation following his first round stoppage. “I’ve put the draw behind me and my performances since have shown that… I’ve got three knockouts, one in the third round, one in the second and now one in the first.”

Smith’s trainer Joe Gallagher was elated with the triumph and heralded Smith’s name as one that the fight industry will be talking about in one year’s time: “I do say Liam at the end of 2012 will be a name on everyone’s lips,” said the coach.

The welterweight division in Britain is one that is thriving due to undefeated talent Kell Brook’s journey to world level and super lightweight unified champion Amir Khan’s eventual rise to 147lbs. Gallagher noted: “Everyone will be talking about this kid in the welterweight division – the hottest division in the country.”

With the win, Smith rose to 8-0-1, 4ko.

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