Edinburgh cruiserweight Stephen Simmons retained his WBC International Silver crown with a superb final-round stoppage of Wadi Camacho at Braehead Arena last night.
The unbeaten 29-year-old was fighting on the undercard of the ‘He Who Dares’ show, which saw headliner Ricky Burns lose to Dejan Zlaticanin of Montenegro in a WBC lightweight eliminator fight.
The build-up to the Simmons-Camacho bout centred on a bitter war of words after the London-based Spaniard launched a series of outrageous attacks on the Capital man via social media.
The pair’s contest was originally scheduled for March 1 but a broken rib sustained by Simmons during a sparring session forced a call-off.
Indeed, the champion seemed too eager to make up for lost time in the early rounds last night, looking to land a knockout blow rather than box his way through the fight.
However, Simmons soon found his range, catching his opponent with a series of big right hands.
Camacho, though, was producing several good lefts to the body while his jab was also proving effective.
Simmons caught Camacho with two terrific right hands in the penultimate round but the challenger – possibly ahead on points at that stage – held on.
There was no escape in the final round, though, as Simmons produced cracking left hooks to the head to send his opponent to the canvas, leaving the referee with no option but to stop the fight.