Stephen Smith (23-1, 13 KOs) proved to be too young, too strong, fast and too talented for 34-year-old #6 IBF Devis Boschiero (37-4-1, 19 KOs) in scoring a 6th round knockout victory on Saturday night in an IBF super featherweight eliminator bout in front of a huge audience of Smith fans at the Olympian in Liverpool, England.
Smith put Boschiero down two times in the 2nd, once in the fourth and two more times in the 6th. Both of the knockdowns in the 6th round were from body shots. Boschiero got up and wanted to keep fighting, but the referee decided he’d had enough and stopped the contest. At the time of the stoppage, Boschiero’s right eye was almost completely swollen shut to the point where he was pretty much seeing out of just one eye.
Smith will be fighting winner of the October 3rd fight between IBF super featherweight champion Jose Pedraza and Edner Cherry.
As good as Smith’s win was, he’s going to have a lot of problems trying to do the same thing with Pedraza because he’s got big punching power and a heck of a lot of talent. I think it’s quite possible that Smith could lose that fight.
Smith looked like he had put a ton of weight back on after rehydrating for the fight against Boschiero. He appeared to be tiring by the 6th round. If Smith does the same thing for his next fight in putting on a lot of weight after he rehydrates, he could get worn down and stopped by Pedraza. In fact, that’s exactly what I see happening.
Light welterweight Bradley Saunders (12-1, 9 KOs) suffered his first loss of his career after being disqualified in the 6th round for head-butting journeyman Renald Garrido (15-11-1, 2 KOs). Saunders had been knocked down previous to that, and he was getting the worst of it at the time that he head-butted him.
Skoglund dominates Cherviak
Undefeated 175 pound contender Erik Skoglund (23-0, 11 KOs) put in a masterful performance last Saturday night in defeating 34-year-old Russian Oleskandr Cherviak (15-5-1, 5 KOs) in pounding out a 12 round unanimous decision victory to hold onto his IBF Intercontinental strap at the Rosvalla Stora Ishallen at the Nyköpings Arenor in Nyköping, Sweden.
The taller, faster, younger and more powerful Skoglund picked Cherviak off at will from the outside in hitting him with pot shots and not having to deal with too much coming back in terms of return fire from the Russian fighter.
Skoglund is hoping to get a title shot against IBF champion Sergey Kovalev. However, for him to compete against a fighter like that, he’s going to need to improve a lot because Kovalev is a much bigger puncher than him, and there’s not much Skoglund can do to keep a fighter like Kovalev off of him.