Date: 11th December 2016 at 10:11am
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Waiting for the chance to fight for the world title, the Liverpool super-middleweight Callum Smith made a defence of his British title at the Manchester Arena last night.

His opponent was Luke Blackledge a game fighter who was perhaps in a fight that was always going to be an impossible mission.

As it turned out, Blackledge produced a gutsy performance that saw him take Smith into the 10th round before he was knocked out in dramatic style.

Smith, the heavier puncher by far, had already sent Blackledge to the canvas in rounds three and eight and it was obvious that the challenger was taking far too much punishment.

However his corner and the referee saw fit to let the fight continue and when the end did come it was spectacular.

Smith caught Blackledge with a left-hook to the head and the challenger was out cold on his feet.

However the cheers soon fell silent when Blackledge hit the canvas and was lying prone for several minutes before he was ushered to his feet, to a round of appluse.

The win takes Callum Smith?s professional record to 22-0 with 17 wins by way of stoppage whilst Luke Blackledge sees his record slip to 22-3-2 with 7 wins coming by way of stoppage.