Liam Smith drops and stops Mario Alberto Lozano, heavyweight prospect Filip Hrgovic secures another knockout win
By Peter Gilbert
Last Updated: 25/08/19 3:48am
Liam Smith kept himself on track for a world title shot after stopping Mario Alberto Lozano in seven rounds in Hermosillo, Mexico.
Smith handed the experienced Mexican only his second stoppage defeat in his 42-fight career after the referee stepped in to call a halt.
The former WBO super-welterweight champion, whose only two defeats were handed out by Lozano’s countrymen Jaime Munguia and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, began to step up the pressure in the third round.
Smith backed his man onto the ropes at the end of the round and began to let his hands go, but the Liverpudlian was caught by a decent right in the next.
‘Beefy’ replied in the fifth with a right of his own, landed an uppercut and also worked the body, while Lozano enjoyed success with counters.
The Mexican whipped in a punishing body shot in the sixth but Smith dropped the 32-year-old with a punishing left hook downstairs and Lozano was then fortunate to hear the bell after being pinned to the ropes.
Lozano came out swinging in the seventh but another body shot and a heavy left hook saw the referee step in and save the Chihuahua fighter from further punishment.
Filip Hrgovic continued his rise up the heavyweight rankings after securing third-round TKO victory of Mario Heredia.
Hrgovic landed a series of heavy shots before sending the Mexican crashing to the canvas with a clubbing left hook.
The victory saw the Croatian Olympic bronze medalist extend his record to nine straight wins, seven by knockout, and defend his WBC international title for the second time.
Source : Sky Sports