Stephen Smith ended his second straight fight in the first round, within three weeks of one another. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Stephen Smith didn't take long to get his second win in the last three weeks, knocking out Ben Jones on a pair of cracking right hands today in London, in just the very first round of action.
Smith (14-1, 8 KO) caught Jones with one right hand, but not totally clean, and then leveled him with a much bigger shot. That had Jones (12-3-1, 4 KO) on his way to the canvas, and while he was going down, Smith caught him with another right hand. Referee Richie Davies stepped in and stopped the contest, which may have been a bit of a premature stoppage, but Jones didn't appear to be on great legs when he did make it up, either.
Smith, 26, also fought on February 18 in Germany, knocking out Arpad Vass in the first frame. That was meant to be a tune-up to a more serious fight here with Jones, but there was little difference in the outcomes.
"Swifty" grabbed a regional WBO title at 130 pounds with this win, but believes his future is at featherweight, or so said BoxNation commentator John Rawling. He is a former British featherweight champion, and could target a rematch with Lee Selby, the only man to defeat him as a professional to date. Selby still holds the British title he won from Smith in September.
The undercard went pretty much according to script, notably featuring bantamweight Ashley Sexton dominating over eight rounds against France's Thomas Masson. Sexton improves to 12-0-2 (5 KO).