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Watch: Callum Smith Scores Brutal KO Of The Year Contender On Joshua Vs Molina Undercard

It’s unfortunate that Luke Blackledge’s brave challenge for Callum Smith’s British super-middleweight title ended the way that it did. It really didn’t have to.

Though Blackledge was giving a really good account of himself, Smith barely had to endure even a moment of discomfort and had his brutal way with the former Commonwealth champion throughout. Blackledge went down in the third and he was hurt on multiple occasions thereafter.

An obvious mismatch on paper had become an even more dramatic mismatch on canvas.

Thus, when Blackledge went down in the eighth round, you felt that either the referee or Blackledge’s corner would seize the opportunity to call a timely halt to the slaughter.

The stoppage didn’t come, however.

Instead, Blackledge clung on until the tenth, only to be drilled with a counter left-hand that left him thoroughly unconscious.

Much of the reaction on Twitter came from those in awe of the spectacular finish but there were also plenty of comments from those who felt that it should never have happened.

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It was the 17th stoppage win of Smith’s near punch-perfect 22-fight career. Blackledge drops to 23-3-2 as a pro.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.