Liam Smith impresses on BoxNation opener with a dominant decision over Paul Morby

25 Feb

Tommy Barber – London

Prospect checker Paul Morby lasted the full eight round distance with emerging super welterweight pugilist Liam Smith on Saturday, February 25 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales, however, there was little boxing from the opponent by the fight’s end as he resorted to spoiling as Smith’s superiority had shone from opening bell to closing due to a good work-rate, sterling precision and wise shot selection.

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Barber’s scorecard

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

Smith
10 10 10
10 10 10 10 10

Official verdict: Referee’s decision awarded to Smith.

Boxing in blue trunks with gold trim, Smith sought to attack Morby effectively as early as the opening round. He fought on the front-foot while Morby danced around the ring’s periphery, he kept his gloves high in an orthodox guard, scored with the right cross shot and flurried well. Morby, meanwhile, adopted the posture of a sharp-shooter yet his punching was by no means as precise and, by the round’s end, that languid stance had transformed into a shell as attempted to block Beefy’s bombardment.

Morby had more success with his jab in round two yet the more eye-catching and, indeed, damaging blows came from Smith, whose finest shot was a hooking right that cracked into Morby’s cheekbone.

A textbook one-two combination (range-finding jab followed up with an accurate overhand right), together with his left hook punch that was causing Morby problems, were both highlights of Smith’s arsenal in round three. One additional advantage was his neat footwork. He led with his left foot and edged three inches forward with every movement, always keen to close the gap and take the fight to a retreating yet resilient journeyman.

In the fourth, there was holding as Morby attempted to deflate Smith’s confidence with spoiling tactics. Indeed, the undefeated Liverpudlian was buoyed by his ability to find the target and in the fourth round alone he landed with check uppercuts, tortuous straight shots into the torso, hooking punches into the midsection and further uppercuts to the chin – all in one swift flurry.

By the fifth, it was clear that Morby’s intention was to earn his cheque by going the distance as he got his earmuff guard up – abandoning the low hand style he began the bout with – and simply refused to trade with Smith, who saw a vast majority of his shots parried by Morby’s gloves.

Morby was deducted a point in the sixth round due to excessive holding. In the penultimate stanza, Smith upped the tempo, stuck his jab onto the 32-year-old southpaw and also landed with power when he threw his right cross, the uppercut and the right hook. Any chance he had of obtaining the stoppage, though, was twice taken away from him as the third man in the ring – rightly – ordered Morby to his corner in order to 1: have the waist-line and back-protector in his trunks re-aligned and then, moments later, 2: have his glove re-taped into position. On both occasions, Morby will have gained additional seconds to recuperate…

The solid shots continued into the eighth and, when the chimes of the ring bell concluded the contest, there was only one man who was having his arm raised – Smith. Even though he wasn’t able to stop Morby (who has only been knocked out by heavy-hitting super middleweight Kenny Anderson and light heavyweight prospect Frank Buglioni), the fact he – who normally operates within the confines of the super welterweight division – was able to dominate Morby despite his physical disadvantage was impressive.

Smith’s trainer Joe Gallagher, who has overseen the 23-year-old’s last three fights, told BoxNation that “it was a great performance” from his fighter. He added: “His shot selection was great, so was his timing. His name could be on everybody’s lips by the end of the year, he’s got that much potential.”

With the victory, Smith saw his record propel to 9-0-1, 4ko.

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