Callum Smith made a robust first impression as a lightweight heavyweight on the Anthony Joshua-Oleksandr Usyk card Saturday in London.
Smith, preventing for the primary time since shedding his tremendous middleweight title to Canelo Alvarez in December, knocked out former Olympian Lenin Castillo with a single, devastating proper hand 55 seconds into Round 2 within the scheduled 10-rounder.
Castillo, knocked unconscious, remained on the canvas till medical personnel eliminated him on a stretcher.
Smith (28-1, 20 KOs) was preventing for the primary time as a full-fledged 175-pounder, a weight at which Castillo (21-4-1, 16 KOs) has fought his whole skilled profession.
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However, Smith appeared snug from the outset, preventing aggressively and with apparent confidence. The bout has been largely uneventful when early within the second spherical Smith landed a proper counter to the pinnacle that put his Dominican opponent flat on his again.
It was clear instantly that Castillo was injured badly, as he appeared to have a seizure. Most notably, his legs shook badly.
Paramedics jumped into the ring shortly to deal with Castillo and, after a couple of minutes, he was whisked out of the ring and brought to a hospital. DAZN later reported that he had regained consciousness.
Of course, Castillo’s situation made it unimaginable for Smith to have fun his victory within the ring. However, the Liverpudlian had massive evening. He bought again into the win column in dramatic style in opposition to a succesful opponent, which is a big step in the appropriate path.