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'Swifty' makes swift work of his opponent.

Byline: ELLIOT FOSTER Sports Reporter

STEPHEN SMITH got back to winning ways overseas and will now look to get back in the title mix.

The Scouse super-featherweight was on the undercard of brother Paul's WBA 'Regular' supermiddleweight title defeat to Tyron Zeuge in Hessen, Germany.

Smith, 31, returned after seven months out to stop Karoly Gallovich at the Rittal Arena in Wetzlar.

The fight lasted less than a round and now 'Swifty' will want to push on towards another world title fight, despite having lost two previous attempts at grabbing global honours.

Last November's defeat to Jason Sosa for the WBA 'Regular' title in the 130-pound division was preceded seven months earlier by a unanimous points loss at the hands of Jose Pedraza for the IBF crown in the States.

Gallovich, who was 10-1 going into the fight, was knocked out by a crushing body shot inside three minutes and failed to hit 'Swifty' with a single shot.

And Smith, who moved to 25-3 (15 KOs) with his latest win, told the ECHO recently that once he has returned to winning ways, he will be knocking on the door for a European title shot - a belt that he is mandatory for - at the very least.

"I'm mandatory for the European title (currently held by French southpaw Guillaume Frenois)," he said. "So I can't see why I can't fight for that title before mounting a third world title challenge.

"I've won the British twice, the Commonwealth and challenged for a world title twice.

"It'd be nice to win the European before going on to fight for the world title again but with the position I'm in, coming off two world title losses, beggars can't be choosers and I've got to bite your hand off if something comes up."


Stephen Smith triumphed in Germany

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUGE
Date:Jun 19, 2017
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