Feature | May 14 2019

Stephen Smith returns after doubts that he would ever box again

Stephen Smith tells Matt Bevan how he almost drifted away from boxing and how hard it was to get back
Stephen Smith on Canelo Alvarez
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THE last time we saw Stephen Smith in action was back in December 2017, when he suffered a horrendous ear injury in Las Vegas, following a head clash with former world champion Francisco Vargas.

The defeat left Smith wondering whether his time in the sport was over. But after a prolonged absence “Swifty” was back in Nottingham on Friday, picking up an expected 60-54 points win over Des Newton, who was also put down in the fifth by a solid body shot.

It’s a win that doesn’t look like much on paper but for Smith, it is one of his most important, as the 33-year-old former two-time world title challenger sets his sights on what could be his final assault at glory.


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