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Northern Ireland vs South Korea: Johnny Smith, Lee Ji Hoon fight for WKN InterContinental Welterweight title at ‘PROKICK: Back at the Clayton’ in Belfast

Johnny Smith, Lee Ji Hoon

The World Kickboxing Network makes its second visit to Northern Ireland this year with PROKICK’s next event to be held at the Clayton Hotel in Belfast on June 23, 2019 titled “PROKICK: Back at the Clayton.” The Saturday-Fight Special presented by Billy Murray is headlined by WKN Intercontinental championship between a European champion and an Asian challenger.

The contest features local favorite Johnny “Swift” Smith of Northern Ireland representing Europe up against Lee Ji Hoon of South Korea representing Asia. The pair squares off in the scheduled for five rounds title bout in oriental kickboxing.

Undefeated, Smith is riding a seven-fight win streak, which including 4 victories by way of KO/TKO, and his resume also includes the 17-4-2 amateur record. In his previous outing in February 2019, he defeated Christos Venizelou of Cyprus by a unanimous decision.

“Johnny has been training non-stop for this match,” Murray said. “Actually, he hasn’t stopped training since starting way back in 2009 that’s when he had his first match. From then he has traveled as far as Japan to compete, won a world amateur title and is unbeaten as a professional.”

“He is so ready for this title match!” Murray said of Smith. “Winning this match will take him one step closer to his dream, ‘to be a professional world champion’. But let’s get this fight over first and win this crown then and only then we’ll look at the world title.”

Murray is the promoter of the PROKICK event. He is himself former kickboxing world champion in four different weight classes.

Holding a professional record of 26 wins and 8 losses, which include 7 KOs, Lee is a current welterweight champion of Korean promotion MAX Fighting Championship. Over the course of his career, he defeated Choi Hoon and Na Seung, among others.

“The WKN title match is coming soon,” Lee said. “I am ready and will do my best. I will come back to Korea with the championship belt.”

The rest of the “PROKICK: Back at the Clayton” card features a series of amateur bouts with local and international competitors. Meanwhile, here is clip from PROKICK:

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