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Northern Ireland vs Japan: Johnny Smith, Shuhei Sone fight at ‘Lord of the Ring’ in Belfast

Johnny Smith, Shuhei Sone

The World Kickboxing Network® will return to Northern Ireland on October 26, 2019 with the next edition of the “Made in Prokick” events. The fight show billed as “Lord of the Ring” will take place at the Clayton Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In the main event of “Lord of the Ring,” WKN Intercontinental Welterweight Champion Johnny “Swift” Smith of Northern Ireland will defend his title from Shuhei Sone of Japan. Scheduled for five three-minute rounds, the title bout will be in oriental kickboxing.

An undefeated kickboxer, Smith earned the WKN Intercontinental Welterweight Championship title on June 23, 2019. He defeated Lee Ji Hoon of South Korea at “PROKICK: Back at the Clayton” at the Clayton Hotel.

Over the course of Smith’s career, he has competed in over 15 countries. As an amateur kickboxer, he had 17 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws and as a professional kickboxer, he has 10 wins, 6 of which are via knockout.

If successful at “Lord of the Ring,” Smith will qualify to challenge for a prestigious WKN world title at the future event. The event’s promoter is Smith’s coach Billy Murray.

“Everything I’ve said about Johnny Smith is ringing true,” Murray stated. “The World Kickboxing Network also said he is ready to challenge for a world title but we have decided along with WKN President Stephane Cabrera that it would be best to have a defense of his new title first. The World Kickboxing Network have announced this match as a final eliminator to the world title.”

Johnny Smith

Johnny Smith

Currently, Sone holds a professional kickboxing record of 15 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws. Out of his victories, 5 are via knockout.

Sone is familiar with competing on European soil. In February 2019, he challenged for the ISKA World title at 72.5 kg in France, yet lost by narrow points decision against Wilfried Martin.

As a professional mixed martial artist, Sone has 5 wins and 5 losses. He competed in Rings, Gladiator (Japan) and Korean All-MMA Association.

The undercard of the upcoming “Lord of the Ring” event will see a series of bouts with local and international competitors. The next on the organization’s calendar is WKN British Open scheduled for August 3, 2019 at Fraserburgh Leisure Centre in Fraserburgh, Scotland.

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