Boxer Stephen Smith suffered a horrendous injury this weekend to his ear during a fight in Las Vegas shown live on HBO.
The Liverpool native lost a technical decision after nine rounds to Francisco Vargas following a clash of heads that resulted in his ear nearly been ripped off.
One of the most grotesque injuries in recent boxing memory for sure. Although Smith seems to handle it well to be fair to him.
The fight was forced to then go to the scorecards of which Vargas was ahead on at the time.
It was feared the injury could be severe enough to keep him in the States in hospital for a few days, but Smith confirmed today in a statement on Twitter that he was able to get the injury stitched up fine:
Thanks very much for all your supportive messages last night, read them all and they mean a lot. Went to hospital and got my ear stitched back up so hopefully all will heal well. Thanks again for all the love and support. Have a good Christmas everyone x pic.twitter.com/cOun7ST7qX
— Stephen Smith (@SwiftySmith) December 10, 2017
Everyone at Boxing News and Views wishes him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in the ring soon.
32-year-old Smith has fought for a world title on two occasions before and will be hoping it will be third time lucky in 2018 when he returns.
For highlights of the bout last night before it was stopped check them out here via the HBO YouTube channel (hat tip):