Dominant Townend stops Smith inside two rounds for seventh pro’ win

SEVEN UP: Andy Townend secured his seventh pro' win against Jake Smith

SEVEN UP: Andy Townend secured his seventh pro' win against Jake Smith

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Wakefield boxer Andy Townend secured his seventh professional victory on Saturday night by stopping Jake Smith inside two rounds at the Doncaster Dome.

The former Kettlethorpe High School pupil ended Smith’s unbeaten start to his pro’ career in emphatic fashion by knocking the Liverpudlian down early in the second round before the referee called a halt to the bout before the bell.

The fight was the 24-year-old’s first since winning the British Masters lightweight title against Ben Wager in April and Townend had hoped to be fighting for another title this weekend.

Leeds fighter Danny Wallace was penned in to face the former White Rose Boxing Club member for the Central Area super featherweight title but Wallace pulled out.

Craig Johnson was due to plug the gap but he too pulled out of the contest just a week before entering the ring, leaving Townend scrambling around to stay on the Doncaster show.

Unbeaten Smith stepped forward to provide the Wakefield fighter with a different challenge but Townend was well-prepared and secured one of his most dominant victories since turning professional.

His next fight has been pencilled in for Saturday, September 7 with an opponent to be announced.