Potters Bar boxer Smyth stops Kellett in first round

PUBLISHED: 17:56 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

Bar fighter Joe Smyth

Bar fighter Joe Smyth

POTTERS Bar punisher Joe Smyth won his second professional fight on Friday night in scintillating style with a first round stoppage. The 23-year-old looked in great shape as the referee was forced to step in and save his opponent, Lee Kellett, from furthe

POTTERS Bar punisher Joe Smyth won his second professional fight on Friday night in scintillating style with a first round stoppage.

The 23-year-old looked in great shape as the referee was forced to step in and save his opponent, Lee Kellett, from further punishment at the Watford Colosseum.

Speaking exclusively to WHT reporter John Hutchinson after the fight, the light-heavyweight said: "I'm absolutely chuffed with how it went tonight.

"Coming into the fight I knew he was a strong bloke, as he had knocked two of his last three opponents out.

"But I worked with the jab, and then I came off the jab to land the big shots that put him down. I am just delighted with how it went."

Smyth entered the ring looking sharp as he begins his journey into the pro ranks, and only a few seconds into the first round it was clear to see he had too much power and movement for his opponent from Barrow-in-Furness.

And the crowd realised this could prove to be an exciting fight as the temperature soared at the start of the scheduled four-rounder.

Smyth dominated the opening exchanges, and it wasn't long before the left jab was followed through by a sweet right hook that rocked his opponent.

The crowd, sensing it could be a short affair, went wild as the Finchley and District ABC member began to unload a flurry of punches at his opponent.

He soon had Kellett on the canvas only 45 seconds into the fight thanks to a stunning right hook that landed square on the jaw.

Kellett struggled to his feel just beating the standing eight count, but it was only a matter of time before the dazed fighter was put out of his misery.

Smyth, seizing his chance, unloaded a barrage of shots, mixing hard head shots with some crippling body blows as Kellett stumbled against the ropes.

A pleading look up from the Cumbrian fighter towards referee Bob Williams was enough for the bout to be stopped a minute into round one and Smyth to take his second win from two fights in some style.

Joe's promoter, Jess Harding, was pleased with his fighter's performance, but stressed that there's still work to be done.

"We know Joe can punch hard, and he is a good talent, but it's work-in-progress at the moment," said the Hatfield-based businessman.

"I am pleased with the win, even though he went a bit mad with his punching at times, but it's onwards and upwards for Joe now."

Smyth is set to be next in action on September 20 at an event in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, with his opponent as yet unnamed.

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