Lenin Castillo was knocked out in the second round by Callum Smith and was carried from the ring on a stretcher at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Tottenham.
Smith fired a powerful right early in the second round that seemed to land high on the Dominican boxer’s temple. As he lay on the floor, he plummeted like a stone, flat on his back, his legs making a disturbing trembling motion.
As medical personnel rushed into the ring, referee Bob Williams waved the bout stopped nearly instantaneously, at 55 seconds into the round.
The punch appeared to knock him out cold, prompting a hasty decision to carry him out of the arena on a stretcher. While no attempt was made to get him to stand, he did appear to move his hands twice as the stretcher was placed beneath him and he was soon carried away.
It was Smith’s first fight as a light heavyweight, his first fight with new trainer Buddy McGirt, and his first fight since losing to Canelo Alvarez on points.
He had spoken of wanting to fight for a world title if he beat Castillo convincingly, but there were no celebrations from the Smith camp as they only showed concern for Castillo’s well-being.
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