Johnny Smith defends WKN Intercontinental Welterweight title against Shuhei Sone
The World Kickboxing Network returns to Northern Ireland this coming Saturday October 26 with PROKICK Lord of the Ring held at Stormont Hotel in Belfast. The event features a series of local and international bouts with WKN Intercontinental title contested in the headliner of the show.
In the main event Johnny “Swift” Smith (10-0, 6 KO) of Northern Ireland defends his WKN Intercontinental Welterweight title against Shuhei Sone (15-8-2, 5 KO) of Japan. The championship bout is scheduled for five rounds in oriental kickboxing.
Smith earned the belt by TKO in the fourth round against Lee Ji Hoon of Korea in June. If successful in the upcoming outing, he will qualify to challenge for WKN Gold.
In the co-main event former two-division World Kickboxing Network champion (featherweight and lightweight) Gary Hamilton of Northern Ireland meets Douglas Morrison of Scotland in the “18 years in the making” rematch. Their first bout in February 2001 ended in favor of Hamilton who took the win by TKO. Their second encounter is scheduled for seven rounds in Full Contact at super welterweight.
Over the course of his career Hamilton held WKN World Full Contact title in two different weight classes, featherweight and lightweight. He won the belts against the defending champion at that time Pastor Pascal in 2002 in France, and the challenger Paolo Renna in 2014 in Northern Ireland (respectively).
Douglas Morrison is former British, European and World Full-Contact star.
The rest of the card features the A-list representative of Northern Ireland up against international competitors from Scotland, Ireland and England.
“Lord of the Ring” celebrates 30 years when former four-division World Champion in Full Contact, Belfast’s Billy Murray lifted his first crown.
The complete fight card can be found below.
Lord of the Ring 2019 fight card
WKN Intercontinental Welterweight title / Oriental rules 5x3mn
Johnny Smith (Northern Ireland) vs. Shuhei Sone (Japan)
International Super Welterweight bout / Full Contact 7x2mn
Gary Hamilton (Northern Ireland) vs. Douglas Morrison (Scotland)
56 kg Grace Goody vs. Molly Concannon
58 kg Jay Snodden vs. Owen Leeuwangh
78 kg Reza Davies vs. Chris Wright
67 kg Shane Weir vs. Niall Marrow
55 kg Joshua Madden vs. Daniel Brady
62 kg Matthew Lam vs. Jack Anderson
58 kg Adam Braniff vs. Dylan Murphry
54 kg Lewis Kerr vs. Josh Lutton.
PROKICK Lord of the Ring in Belfast, Northern Ireland is one of two shows World Kickboxing Network produces on the same day this Saturday, October 26. The second event, billed as “Fight Day 2019”, is held in Trazegnies, Courcelles, where Ougo Huet of Belgium and Giacomo Stocchino of Italy battle it out for WKN European Featherweight title in Muay Thai.