Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Callum Smith: Groves is Not The Favorite or Best in WBSS - I am!

Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) believes he will not only beat Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday in their quarter-final at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, but go all the way to take the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

The Liverpool fighter is the bookies’ and many experts favourite to take home the Ali Trophy next year in May. And 27-year-old Smith approves the odds.

"From the outside looking in, I am possibly not the obvious favourite because I am still relatively unproven at the highest level," said Smith. "You have George Groves who is a World Champion, who you could say could be favourite, he’ll probably be a bit annoyed that he is not.

groves-smith

“But from my point of view, yeah I think I am the best in the tournament so yes, I do agree with it. It is a privilege to be called the favourite, but it is just an opinion. I have to do my job now and go on and win it,” said Smith.

But first things first. On Saturday he faces 26-year-old Skoglund, the Swedish undefeated challenger.

“I have been enjoying camp, it has been going very well,” said Smith. “I know I have to be at my best to win. My trainer Joe Gallagher and I have watched Skoglund a lot, and he is a good fighter, he is a good all-rounder. He does the basics very well."

"But everything he does, I do a little better. As long as the best version of me turns up, I will beat the best version of him,” said Smith.

“I am excited to be the first British fighter to get in the ring in the tournament. I just cannot wait to be a part of it. I think the fans will be thinking the same, with me being the first Briton in it, it will probably be their first look at the tournament. So I am not feeling pressure, more excitement.”

“I will win this fight, I always predict a win. If I can catch Skoglund and get him out of there it is a bonus, but I have been preparing for 12 tough rounds.”

Tickets for the Smith-Skoglund Muhammad Ali Trophy quarter-final and WBC Diamond World title contest on Saturday, September 16 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool are available at stubhub.com

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TheBigLug on 09-12-2017

[QUOTE=DramaShow;18038304]groves will beat him. that split decision loss to jack doesnt look too bad in retrospect.[/QUOTE] And that was probably the worst and most sluggish version of Groves i've ever seen. He was pretty awful under Fitzpatrick. Groves is underrated.

Comment by knockoutkid on 09-12-2017

This kid will need to think carefully about retirement because his style is very robotic; he's basically khan without the legs because he doesn't move the head.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-12-2017

Those two can argue over that sh^t all they want while Eubank Jr wins this f#cking thing.

Comment by DramaShow on 09-12-2017

groves will beat him. that split decision loss to jack doesnt look too bad in retrospect.

Comment by login on 09-12-2017

Rob Brant will give him a boxing lesson.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Brook Willing To Eat a Kangaroo Testicle To Secure Amir Khan British Board Confirm Tyson Fury's UKAD Hearing For December Jason Sosa Seeks Own Impressive Comeback on Kovalev Card Bob Arum To Hearn: 65-35 is More Than Fair For Joshua-Parker Andre Dirrell vs. Jose Uzcategui Rematch in Play For January 27 Khan is Reportedly Highest Paid Contestant Ever on "I'm a Celeb" Duva: Kovalev Looks Better Physically, Happier, With New Coach Photos: Orlando Salido Putting in Work For Roman Clash WBC Prez: GGG Conquered The Hearts of Mexico, I Was Humbled Joshua Promoter: Our Offer is 'Five Times' Parker's Biggest Purse Salido: I Will Show Why So Many Champions Are Afraid of Me! Hearn Says Anthony Joshua Social Media Mess is 'Major Problem' Tyson Fury's Promoter Gives Statement on UKAD Hearing Delays UK Boxing News: Welborn, Hennon, Connor, Beech, More Photo: Tyson Fury Shows Off Bloated Form in Training Camp Joshua: I'd Knock Wilder Out With One Shot, Smack Parker Around! Manny Pacquiao Hints That He Wants Conor McGregor Next Groves: Eubank Improved, But Never Boxed Anyone on My Level Photos: Devon Alexander Returns Strong, Dominates Castillo Barrera 'Bitter' About Shabranskyy Getting Title Shot Before Him Austin Trout: Jacobs Beat Golovkin, He's The Best at 160! Kovalev: Loss to Ward in Our Rematch Didn't Break Me Mentally Saunders: I'll Beat Lemieux Convincingly, No Robbery Worries Frank Warren Says Door is Wide Open For Scott Quigg To Join Parker: I'm a Big Risk - Joshua Needs Over 65%, Rematch Clause Parker Promoter: More People Contacted Us About Joshua's Chin Joshua's Promoter: I Can't See a Wilder Deal, Parker More Likely Video: Golden Boy's Diaz Talks Cotto vs. Ali, Arum's Beef, More Alexander Dimitrenko Back on December 22, Adrian Granat Too Sergey Kovalev - From a Single Point to a Question Mark Wilder To Hearn: Add Joshua To Whyte Deal - I'll Whip Their Asses! Video: Kathy Duva Breaks Down HBO Triple, Kovalev's Return Video: Jason Sosa Discusses Yuriorkis Gamboa Showdown Sullivan Barrera to face Sergey Kovalev or Dmitry Bivol in 2018? Farmer Confident of Title Win: None of These Dudes Can Beat Me! Austin Trout: I Would Love To Fight Julian Williams Shabranskyy Sparred With Bivol, Benavidez for Kovalev Fight Video: Yuriorkis Gamboa Discusses Career, Jason Sosa Clash Video: Sergey Kovalev Talks Ward, Shabranskyy, Car Accident David Haye Vows To Recover, To Come Back Strong in 2018
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement