Smith KOs his way to British title win

Darren Smith celebrates Brirish title win with  head coach Gary McLeary and corner man John Johnson.
Darren Smith celebrates Brirish title win with head coach Gary McLeary and corner man John Johnson.
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North Motherwell kickboxer Darren Smith is the new CMAA British middleweight champion after victory in Manchester.

Smith already held the organisation’s Scottish title and he grabbed more gold with a third round knock-out of Stephen Devine.

The 24-year-old took up the sport just a year ago and trains under World champion Gary McLeary at his Inferno Gym in Motherwell.

Smith said: “I think it’s fair so say I had a really good day at the office in Manchester, it was great to get a knock-out victory over Devine.

“Having Gary in my corner is such a bonus, being a World champion he has so much advice to give and I am enjoying learning a lot from working with him.

“Even our sparring sets me up for taking punishment for being in the ring as he is a super-heavyweight so is a big guy and I can tell you he hits hard even in sparring.

“However, the benefit is that after taking his shots when I get in the ring with guys my own size I barely feel it when they hit me.”

Smith is hoping for more gold when he goes for the WKA Scottish title in a couple of weeks and also has his eyes focused on the British and Commonwealth titles in September.

He said: “I love fighting, and I know I still have a lot to learn, but if I continue to make progress who knows where it will lead.”