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Britain has a new featherweight champion

Stephen Smith beats John Simpson in an edge-of-your-seat battle in Liverpool last night

Posted Apr 28, 2011 by Shaun Edwards

Stephen Smith

An exciting fight in Liverpool last night between Stephen Smith and John Simpson means that Britain now has a new featherweight champion.

Smith beat Simpson on points after an exciting twelve rounds in the ring. A powerful right hook in the early stages of the right had Scottish boxer Simpson reeling but he regained his mojo to make it a fairly evenly matched fight.

The judges scored the fight 118-112, 115-114, 114-114 in Smith’s favour.

Smith said after the fight that he wanted to fight and beat the best and Simpson is the best so I feel the title is well deserved.

This is the second time in as many years that Smith has beat Simpson on points, last time was in a controversial decision which saw Smith take the Commonwealth title in Glasgow.

Smith believes he won both fights naturally Simpson feels otherwise. Simpson was quite angry with the decision last night saying that he believes he has won both fights.

Neither party said they have anything against each-other, they just differed in opinion on who won both fights. Simpson says there is no point in a third fight against Smith claiming both of these decisions are shocking.

Meanwhile Ricky Hatton insists he has nothing but respect for the Manchester United team after he ordered lawyers to remove bogus Facebook pages which show the boxer to be making taunts about the Munich air crash involving the team.

The former world champion is a Manchester City fan but is a close personal friend of Manchester United star Wayne Rooney and said the comments about the 1958 crash that killed eight players were sick.

Hatton states that the false pages using his name were created after Manchester City beat United in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Furthermore, Hatton says he has never even used Facebook.

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