Smethurst victorious in Afghanistan

By Joel Charron

It’s a win that Justin Smethurst will remember for the rest of his life.

Not only did the 27-year-old mix marital artist pick up his first professional career win, he did it in front of gaggle of troops at Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan.

“It was an experience of a lifetime,” said Smethurst as he celebrated with family and friends at Shooters Roadhouse on Saturday night.

Smethurst described his fight with Asa Stokes as a “three round war” with Smethurst pulling out the victory via armbar in the third round with 20 seconds left in the fight.

“We were the only fight to go three rounds, the rest of the fights were first round wins,” said Smethurst. “The troops loved every minute of it.

This fight was a little different than others as the fights took place in a ring rather a cage. Often times fighters were stood up in neutral corners to restart or they would be stopped and started them in the middle in the position they were in the ropes.

Smethurst said he didn’t realize that Stokes tapped and was confused when the ref stopped the fight.

“I didn’t even know I had the arm bar. I grabbed the arm and cranked it with everything I had and the ref jumped in and said ‘stop’, I looked at the ref and said ‘what now’,” said Smethurst. “The ref said the fight is over, he tapped.”

The Smethurst/Stokes bout was only given “Fight of the Night” honours.

The 27-year-old admits when his hand was raised and name said over the PA system he came   close to “losing it.”

“I was really emotional,” he said. “I had to reach down deep and keep it all inside. I didn’t want to lose it in front of the troops.”

Smethurst is scheduled to fight in April, however he said he is trying to get his bout moved back to May, so his injuries can heal. He is also trying to get on the MFC card that is being held at Caesars Windsor.

2 responses to “Smethurst victorious in Afghanistan”

  1. Donna Burgess says:

    We, your family, extended family and friends are so proud of Justin, not only for winning his fight, but for going to Afghanistan to entertain the troops! Keep up the great work Justin!!! We love ya!!

  2. Joshua Lajeunesse says:

    im Justins tattoo artist as well as good friend since we where really young and iam super proud of Justin and im certin he will do great as a pro fighter and i’ll be behind him the whole time love you bro keep upi the great work ::)