FIGHT FOR IT IX RECAP: Aaron Smith impresses the judges with smooth defense and snapping counters against Ciro Abarca

As soon as the first bell rang, 4M Fitness boxer Ciro Abarca looked strong. He found paths to the inside against his longer opponent, Atlantic MMA’s Aaron Smith, and scored shots while frustrating Smith’s defense. But in the second and third rounds, the tides changes. Smith found his range and kept his composure as he doled out tight flurries and snapping counters to Abarca’s punches. It was enough not only to keep Abarca at bay, but also to win a unanimous decision from the judges.