NSW champion Brett Smith
By Paul Upham: After a year away from the boxing ring, Parramatta heavyweight “Iron Rhino” Michael Kirby returned with a 2nd round stoppage win over Alipate Liava’a on November 19. The 35 year-old then got into a post-fight feud with NSW heavyweight champion Brett Smith.
After the win at the Revesby Workers Club, Kirby was interviewed by ring announcer Ian Gough and asked who he would like to fight next.
“I’d like to get a fight with Brett Smith,” replied Kirby. “He’s here in the crowd tonight, but he won’t fight me. He’s too scared.”
34 year-old Smith, who won the NSW title on March 12 with a 37 second knockout win over Brian Fitzgerald, charged into the ring and fronted Kirby face to face.
“Who are you calling scared,” Smith asked Kirby, accepting his verbal challenge. “I’m happy to fight you. I’ll fight you in the ring. I’ll fight you in the car park.”
A Smith-Kirby battle for the NSW heavyweight title could be a spicy match-up early in 2011.
“I won’t let him sit on me,” Smith said of the 280lbs Kirby. “That’s the only way he will hurt me.”