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Northern Ireland’s Johnny Smith is still WKN Intercontinental Welterweight Champion, knocks out Shuhei Sone in Belfast

Johny Smith (center) (©World Kickboxing Network)

Johny Smith (center) (©World Kickboxing Network)

The World Kickboxing Network returned 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” took place at the Clayton Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In the main event of “Lord of the Ring,” Shuhei Sone of Japan challenged WKN Intercontinental Welterweight Champion Johnny “Swift” Smith of Northern Ireland. The title bout was scheduled for five three-minute rounds.

Smith and Sone squared off in oriental kickboxing. The contest ended in the second round in favor of the champion, who claimed the win and retained his belt by knockout.

Winning at “Lord of the Ring” improved the professional kickboxing record of Smith to 11 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Sone dropped to 15 wins, 9 losses, 2 and 2 draws.

Six of Smith’s 11 wins were via knockout. Five of Sone’s wins were also via knockout.

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.

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

Here are Smith and Sone prior to their “Lord of the Ring” bout in Belfast:

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