Liverpool’s Paul Smith lost out to Andre Ward on Saturday night in California where he was left bloody and stopped in the 9th round.
Smith’s trainer Joe Gallagher had seen enough two minutes into the 9th round and threw the towel in to save his charge.
The most notable shot for Smith landed in the 7th round where he staggered Ward - now 28-0 - but mostly he was outclassed and bossed around the ring by 31-year-old talented Ward who shrugged off the big shot.
Ward had been out-of-action for almost 2 years due to promotional issues with former promoter, and late Dan Goosen, so was eager to get back to his game that saw him reap accolades of pound-for-pound rankings.
“It took some time to get the ring rust off,' Ward said. 'I started with the jab. I wanted to come out big bang and get a first round KO but I have a great coach and he told me to take my time and the knockout will come.'
He dominated from the opening bell while former British champion Smith, who is well-respected in boxing, lost every round on the judges scorecards.
The Liverpudlian spent most of the fight being defensive, rather than focussing on landing punches and pressing the action.
'I know what he was trying to do,' Ward said. 'He was trying to lure me in then hit me with the big right hand. He hit me with a couple of good shots but he didn't hurt me.'
Ward landed some heavy punches in the eighth round and blood started dripping down Smith’s face. No one complained about seeing the end.
Big Mouth Broner gets silenced by Showtime
Welterweight Adrian “The Problem” Broner lost a unanimous decision to Shawn “Showtime” Porter last night, and there was drama in the 12th round.
After generally bossing the fight, Porter got caught with a wide Broner left hook and visited the canvass.
Broner then came at Porter with every he had, but Porter - who appeared to be in top shape - saw off Broner’s attack, and all judges scored it for “Showtime”.
"That's how you beat a great fighter intelligently," Porter said. "We did everything we needed to do in preparation for this fight, and coming out we wanted to establish our jab and establish that we are the better boxer. I think we did that over the course of the fight."
Marcos Maidana, the heavy-handed Argentine who served Broner his other recorded loss, provided the welterweight division with the blueprint to beat him. It appears that for all his skills and showboating, Broner does not know how to deal with aggressive strong fighters.
Broner was the slight favourite going into the fight, so those that had a punt on Porter would have doubled their money.