Tony Harrison (27-2, 21 KOs) defeated Ishe Smith (29-10, 12 KOs) by split decision, Friday night in the Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce main event.
The scorecards didn’t tell the tale of the fight. Judges had it 97-92 Harrison, 96-93 Harrison and 95-94 Smith. This had the feeling of an easy unanimous-decision win for Tony Harrison.
It was a must-win situation for Harrison to get him back in the mix with the top fighters in the Super Welterweight division.
Harrison impressed in the victory over the gritty veteran, Smith. He fought his fight to perfection and didn’t back down from Smith. He looked like a different fighter than any of his previous fights.
Harrison consistently landed his best punch–the straight right hand–at will. Smith had no answer for the punch and was hurt on multiple occasions. Smith seemed to touch the canvas in Round 3 after being hit with a straight right and it was counted as a knockdown.
Harrison used a jab effectively, as well as timely counter punching to hurt Smith. Harrison hurt Smith with excellent combination punching. His flurries were fluid and were a problem for Smith.
The narrative on Tony Harrison is his stamina issues and using too much energy early in his fights. Tonight that wasn’t the case, by any means. Harrison looked in good shape and continued to hurt Smith in the late rounds of the fight.
Harrison has earned a shot with a top 10 Super Welterweight on his path back to a title shot. This version of Tony Harrison is trouble for anyone in the 154-pound division.
Ishe Smith has now suffered back-to-back losses in his last two fights. His last fight against Julian Williams was much more competitive. The 39-year-old TMT veteran may be looking toward retirement as he won’t get back to a title fight with this loss.
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