I was astonished though when he was brutally stopped in the fourth round by nine power punches from Smith and halted for the first time in his 12-year pro career.
I can't help but wonder if the very tough weight cut which he made for the aborted fight with Conor Benn was the reason for his physical vulnerability. Had his body not had time to recover from that duress four months ago? Significantly was his father right all along? I admired him for the stand he took then (Icons passim).