By Wayne Bartlett at ringside: The clinical fashion with which Stephen Smith disposed of Ben Jones in just 84 seconds last night (March 2nd) was met with disappointment and bemusement by many of Jones’ fans at The Troxy in Limehouse.
Replays of the one round destruction showing the Crawley fighters face ploughing into the canvas, will serve to see those fans feeling less bemused.
After taking a look at his foe in the opening stages, ‘Swifty’ lived up to his ring moniker in no uncertain terms, as three brutal, chopping right hands saw referee Richie Davies dispense with the count as Jones slumped forward on his knees by the ropes.
Now 14-1(8), last night’s win over the 12-3-1(4) English super featherweight champion is Smith’s second one first round blowout in a week, after stopping Arpad Vass on the Klitschko/Chisora undercard in Germany last Saturday.
Undoubtedly a further confidence boost for the 26-year-old Liverpudlian, who was himself on the wrong end of an early night at the hands of Welshman Lee Selby when suffering his first professional loss last September.
Smith’s rebuilding job consists of two quick wins, whilst Selby followed up the vicious eighth round TKO win in the pair’s first meeting with a five round stoppage of the formidably tough Scot John Simpson.
If a re-match is made, the question of repeat or revenge is one that’s looking difficult to answer confidently.