Stephen Smith vs Lee Selby
British and Commonwealth Featherweight champion, Stephen Smith, takes on Welsh underdog, Lee Selby, in his home town of Liverpool.
The champion starts strongly, setting a high pace, outworking, out hustling the challenger. Selby proves a wiley customer in rounds 2-4, as he lands fairly frequent, very sharp, accurate counters as Smith charges forward, still being out worked at times by the champion, but seeming to be establishing his superiority in technical skill.
The fight doesn't become less competitive as the fight approaches the mid rounds, as a fantastic round 5 shows a big swing in momentum, each having dominant parts of the round. Smith and Selby continue to trade leather in rounds 6 and 7, Smith, often landing more, Selby, often landing with more accuracy and sharpness.
Though it seemed like if anyone was going to struggle for pace, it would be Selby, the Welshman finds a massive amount of success in round 8, with a still strong, physically fit Smith not punching himself out, Selby is able to make him walk onto big punches which seem to knock a lot out of the champion, and as Selby capitalises upon any fatuige or discouragement so emphatically, Smith looks increasingly weary as the round wears on, and he takes more massive, accurate shots. Before the round can be completed, Selby finds the ultimate shot, lands with a great left uppercut, and sends Smith down to the canvas, finishing the fight, and making a statement.
Fortunately, it is not long before Smith stands up, and congratulates Selby.