Manchester ArenaManchester, UK. Local super lightweight prospect (up to 63.5 kg) Dalton Smith (13-0, 10 KOs) beat his compatriot
Casey Benjamin (16-2, 6 KOs) and defended the title of British champion according to the BBC.
The underdog challenger turned out to be a very uncomfortable fighter: a strange stance, wild feints, sudden attacks. Benjamin unexpectedly even tried to impose power boxing and lightly tapped the favorite at the ropes. In response, he countered well several times, but failed to build on his success.
Smith took aim at the opponent in the 2nd round, countered well. Benjamin not only holds a blow very well, but also tries to win back all the episodes. Underdog again tried to pinch the favorite at the ropes, but this time he did not derive any benefit from this.
In the second half, the fight turned out to be much more competitive. Benjamin confuses the opponent with a change of stances, offering a strange mixture of power boxing and reflexes. Smith’s aim was a little off. He tried to box prudently and carefully, but often did not finish.
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The fighters gave out a nice final round, in which the favorite was the soloist at first, but then the underdog seized the initiative. Smith, previously regarded as a top prospect, once again failed to impress. The score of the judges: 115-114, 117-112, 116-113 in his favor.
Smith UD 12.
UDS “Palace of Sports”, Moscow, Russia. In the main bout of the evening, the native of Kyrgyzstan and ex-Ukrainian light heavyweight (up to 79.4 kg) Dilmurod Satybaldiev (13-3, 4 KOs), who sensationally retired ex-challenger Maxim Vlasov, unexpectedly lost to the age-old ex-challenger from Russia Igor Mikhalkin (25- 3, 11 KO).
The underdog chose the “jab-clinch” tactic, to which the favorite had no answer.
Mikhalkin UD 10.