Johnny Smith WKN World title confirmed
July 18, 2021
POSTPONED UNITIL 27th NOV 2021 *********** It’s confirmed, Sunghyun LEE, a Korean kickboxing champion will travel to Belfast to face, Bangor’s Johnny ‘Swift' Smith for the WKN’s Professional Welterweight World Kickboxing crown. The breaking news was announced (Sunday 30th May 2021) by the WKN world office and it’s all going to happen on a #BillyMurray promoted show; #KnockdownLockdown event on September 12th at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast.
The Korean kickboxing star Sunghyun LEE, will come to Belfast with an impressive 55 fight record, 47 of those all wins. He is a two devision Japanese RISE Champion both at 63kg and recently at 70kg devision - he also competed at the K-1 World MAX and got to the final 4. LEE, is also a recipient of the Korean K-1 MAX 70kg championship belt.
For Smith, this next fight will be his 11th professional match with six of those wins coming by way of knockout. Smith, a site engineering manager at Calor Gas in the shipyard, right in the heart of the city of Belfast - also held the WKN amateur Welterweight world crown and amassed an amateur fight record of 23F 17W 4L 2D.
Check-out Sunghyun Lee's fight reel. LEE is a Korean kickboxing champion who will travel to Belfast to face, Bangor’s Johnny ‘Swift' Smith for the WKN’s Professional Welterweight World Kickboxing crown on September 12th 2021 at the Stormont Hotel.
In June 2019, ‘Swift' Smith made his intentions clear when he took the WKN K-1 Intercontinental crown from Korean fighter Jihoon Lee, in the 4th round by TKO. Smith, then put his newly won title on-the-line just three month later in October 2019. He faced another Asian fighter, this time, a Japanese fighter, Shuhei Sone. It was Swift by name and nature as Smith stopped the Japanese fighter in the 2nd round.
These two fights were a clear indication that ‘Swift’ Smith had one target in mind; the world title. The WKN certainly sat up and took notice and granted him his first professional world title shot which was due to take place in June 2020. However, due to the global pandemic which hit us all across the world - COVID-19 infected then floored Smith's plans for his dream fight for the world title.
The announcement from the WKN’s world office today, of his opponent has sent fight-fans into a frenzy they now can look forward to a World Title contest of epic proportion, right here in Belfast.
On the 12th September event at the Stormont Hotel, we will have 4 well overdue #WKN Championship matches, competitors coming from - #Korea #Germany #Italy & #Wales all face fighters from the host nation, #NorthernIreland and all for championship belts for your entertainment.
Check-out Johnny ‘Swift' Smith's fight promo for #KnockdownLockdown - Smith will face a Korean kickboxing specialist, Sunghyun Lee. LEE will travel to Belfast and challenge local hero, Johnny ‘Swift' Smith for the WKN’s Professional Welterweight World Kickboxing crown on September 12th 2021 at the Stormont Hotel.
This long anticipated card will feature ProKick’s young samurais; James Braniff is set for his first WKN K1 British Title shot, Jay Snoddon will step through the ropes for a WKN K1 International Title and Grace Goody will go face to face with an experienced opponent for a WKN K1 European Title.
As if that and a fantastic formal dinner show with a three course meal wasn’t enough...Sunday 12th September...a significant date. 32 years since Billy Murray won his first professional World Title fight. This time around it’s his son-in-law, Johnny Smith who will compete in his first professional world title shot against a renowned Korean kickboxing specialist. Will history repeat itself?
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ProKick are delighted to announce that Datactics are back on board and investing in the next steps of the trio’s kickboxing career, along with Umbrella Protect Insurance - Company Haircutters - Airtastic - Revlon and just confirmed are another big supporter of ProKick and Johnny Smith, they are - Amma Life.
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The video below is the style of the event for #KnockdownLockdown on 12th September 2021 at the Stormont hotel. As if, the four championship matches wasn't enough - the event is a formal dinner show with a fantastic meal, plus unseen footage of the teams travel to Japan as part of the build up to this event along with achieve film of #BillyMurray to our current project #RebuildProKick .
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