Stephen Smith’s Las Vegas debut ended in bloody fashion as the Liverpudlian almost had his ear torn off against Francisco Vargas.
An accidental clash of heads caused the horror injury in the penultimate round, with Smith’s ear looking like it had been split down the middle.
The gruesome injury prompted referee Russell Mora to step in and call off the contest and Smith was already gone to receive treatment when the judges’ scorecards were read out.
Vargas was given the nod by the judges with a 89-82, 88-83, 88-83 victory after dominating the fight before the unfortunate clash of heads.
Smith is believed to have had his ear stitched up and will travel back to England in the coming
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A good shot of Stephen Smith’s with his ear hanging off.. If you want to see that kind of thing pic.twitter.com/r3GkgyCShC
— Coral Barry (@Coral__Barry) December 10, 2017
The super-featherweight fighter had traveled to Sin City in an attempt to secure a third world title shot.
Smith now returns home to Liverpool bitterly disappointed with a nasty injury after becoming just the second Scouser to fight in Vegas.
The 32-year-old was the main supporter for the showdown between super-featherweights Kenichi Ogawa and Tevin Farmer.
Ogawa won a split decision to claim the vacant IBF title, and looked stunned when the scorecards were read out to hand him the win.
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