Smyth’s Prizefighter dreams shattered in London

16:49 31 January 2011

Joe Smyth had Menay Edwards rocking in the first round, but the tables were then turned in the second

Joe Smyth had Menay Edwards rocking in the first round, but the tables were then turned in the second

LAWRENCE LUSTIG 02085294967/07831237035

JOE Smyth’s dreams of Prizefighter glory were ended on Saturday as he fell at the first hurdle.

The Hatfield boxer was stopped in his quarter-final bout against Menay Edwards in the second round, with the referee deeming Smyth was in no position to continue.

‘Big Stuff’ comfortably won the first round with his all-action style proving too much for ‘The Emperor’ Edwards, so his stoppage in the second came as a shock to many at the Kensington Olympia in London.

Edwards’ attack throughout the fight appeared more slaps than punches, but he did manage to land a few blows that rocked the Herts pugilist, and these ultimately led him to progress in the sponsored tournament.

Travis Dickinson secured the £32,000 prize when he defeated stand-in Sam Couzens in the final.

Prizefighter-Light-Heavyweights II was shown in 3D live on Sky Sports.

For further coverage including pictures from the event, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.


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