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Stephen Smith claims WBC International Silver super-featherweight title in Manchester

Last Updated: 24/11/13 12:11am

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Stephen Smith (L): Knocked out Sergio Medina with a classy body shot (Image: Lawrence Lustig)

Stephen Smith (L): Knocked out Sergio Medina with a classy body shot (Image: Lawrence Lustig)

Stephen Smith proved too strong for Sergio Medina as he recorded an eighth-round knockout win to claim the WBC International Silver super-featherweight title.

The Liverpudlian, having relinquished his British title, must next face WBC Silver champ Fernando Saucedo within 90 days, with the winner of that in line to challenge for the famous green belt.

Smith planted a neat right uppercut which caught his opponent in the opening round, but the tough, tricky Argentine kept coming forward at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester.

The 28-year-old was more patient in the next as he stood off and countered before a trademark left-hook sent Medina's head rocking in the third.

Smith, who was last seen in August when he knocked out Gary Buckland to win the Lonsdale Belt, bombarded Medina with a flurry of punches at the start of the next and following a scrappy fifth, 'Swifty' began up the pace.

The pair then clashed heads which prompted Medina to spit his gum shield on to the canvas and buy himself some time.

Medina, who was coming off a lop-sided points defeat to Saucedo in the summer, a loss that ended a three-fight winning streak, was deducted a point in the seventh for use of the head.

And with 30 seconds of the eighth round remaining, Smith ended the contest with a sublime shot to Medina's ribs, which had him sprawling to the canvas.

"I really can't complain," Smith said after the victory. "I'm happy to get the win and get the ball rolling now. Every time he came in, it was always head first.

"You learn lessons each time you fight and I learnt a few lessons tonight."

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