Smith destroys Zepeda in five

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Unbeaten super lightweight Dalton “Thunder” Smith (16-0, 12 KOs) scored a sudden fifth round knockout against three-time world title challenger Jose “Chon” Zepeda (37-5, 28 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC silver title on Saturday night at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield, England. Competitive fight until Smith connected with a right hand to the belly that put Zepeda on the canvas for the count. Time was 1:25.

WBO female welterweight champion Sandy Ryan (7-1-1, 3 KOs) battered two-division former champion Terri Harper (14-2-2, 6 KOs) over four one-sided rounds. The bout was stopped by Harper’s corner after round four.

Super lightweight Campbell Hatton (14-1, 5 KOs), son of ring legend Ricky Hatton, suffered his first defeat, losing a ten round unanimous decision to Jimmy Joe Flint (14-1-2, 3 KOs). Flint retained his Central Area title by scores of 98-92, 97-94, 97-95.

Unbeaten super welterweight Ishmael Davis (13-0, 6 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Troy Williamson (20-3-1, 14 KOs) in a final eliminator for the British title. Scores were 117-111, 116-112, 116-112.

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  • I looked up the records this morning on Boxrec and thought, “They haven’t got many kayos and so, it probably goes the distance and Flint has a bit more experience so I wouldn’t be surprised if Hatton loses.” Probably the first time I have been right about a pick ’em in years.

    • The drought has to end at some point. Good pick. I’m watching it as soon as I get a chance. Son’s that following their fathers footsteps in boxing usually don’t fare well. Easier life, no suffering, no build up anger, going to and from school is a breeze etc… That’s a great thing though. Ricky has done his job as a father. We never want our kids to go through the same things we had to endure. The flip side is that the kids don’t go in with a killer instinct. Of course there are exceptions like Floyd jr, but it’s rare

  • Damn! 5 tittle shot losses for zepeda! He should retire unless, the money is tight. I hope zepeda doesn’t end up as a stepping stone for the younger tigers looking to impress! At 35, there isn’t anything left to go after for zepeda.

    • Zepeda is a taxi driver I’m not surprised
      He was doing a good fight though better than I expected

      • Not a taxi driver by any means. He’s a good fighter that simply could not beat the elite or top level opposition.

          • You insist on making a fool of yourself (and Mexicans?) with your ridiculous comments. Maybe, just maybe, you should think before commenting.

  • This Zepeda is done. He didn’t recover from the Prograis fight. I had a feeling something could happened.

    • Zepeda showed signs of 2nd class fighter since he lost against jose ramirez (2. Years before he fight prograis)

      He is just step stone
      I hope next time Dalton pick a better opponent we have plenty for him

  • It was more than obvious who would win this fight, with the fading warrior (Zepeda) serving as a step stone for the rising star (Smith). I think that Smith could be ready for another fading but still more capable fighter, I am talking about Regis Prograis

  • Flint vs Hatton, entertaining, but full steam ahead without thinking, no defence, nor upper body movements, nor enough power, makes life in the ring difficult when you face a boxer and not a fighter.

    Smith vs Zepeda, it was as Smith realized in the fourth that he was the stronger and therefore could take the risk move ahead more decisevely with the resultat that Zepeda could not avoid being run-over. I felt that body-shot too.

    Davis vs Williamson was to me the most exciting fight of the three and most competitive. The more intense the fight become the better in my eyes and I enjoyed it. Looking forward to see more of especially Davis.

  • If there is a ‘Bodypunch KO of the Year’ award category this one is certainly in the mix.

  • 140 is extremely intense.

    Maybe Ortiz and Smith can scrap up late this year or early 2025.

    I would like to see Prograis/Smith, but Prograis is probably looking for higher profile ($$$) fights.

  • Sad to see Terri Harper quit against Sandy Clark in a close fight. Hard to believe the lack of heart from the 2x champ. Good luck Terri…. time to explore another career

  • I so hope Ben Shalom shows some balls & put Azim in with Smith!

  • WTF is in a name?
    Fight News says “….Super lightweight Campbell Hatton (14-1, 5 KOs)….”
    ONE loss? So, who owed Ricky a favour?
    Does the author not remember Hatton jnr’s first fight which was “gifted” to him for getting clearly beaten in every round and losing convincingly to a superior, albeit unheralded, South American boxer?
    None of the fighters watching were happy at all when the shonky win was given to the wrong man, who should now display, “lost TWO”!

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