1985-08-21 Lonnie Smith w rsc 8 (12) Billy Costello, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBC

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1985-08-21 Lonnie Smith w rsc 8 (12) Billy Costello, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WBC. Referee: Luis Rivera. Starting well, the champion soon had Smith (138½) over from a left hook, but the latter recovered his senses to get to the bell. In the second round it was his turn to do some damage, knocking Costello (138½) down twice with heavy left hooks of his own. Costello continued to stalk Smith in the third, but found his unorthodox hit-and-run style difficult to handle, and gradually becoming frustrated he began to charge in throwing wild punches. With Smith now sensing that he had got Costello’s measure, when opening up in the fifth he dropped him with another left hook. On his feet again, Costello continued to take the fight to Smith, but in the eighth he reached the end of the road when a left jab-right uppercut combination downed him. Although Costello got up the referee rescued him with 29 seconds of the session remaining after he had been put down by uppercuts from both hands for the fifth time in the fight. A powerful puncher, Costello was made to look pedestrian by the accurate countering, faster hand-speed and movement shown by Smith, who was accurately dubbed ‘Lightnin’’ in the build up to the fight.