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Callum Smith Expects Braehmer To Present Some Problems

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

CALLUM SMITH insists he is not looking beyond Juergen Braehmer to a domestic dust-up with George Groves.

The Scouse scrapper faces Braehmer, 39, in Nuremberg on Saturday in a semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series, an eight-man elimination tournament.

Smith’s English rivals Groves and Chris Eubank Jr met at Manchester Arena last night for the other place in the final, due to take place in May.

Unbeaten Smith, 27, admits facing either WBA world super-middleweight champion Groves or Eubank Jr would have been a harder route to the final than veteran German Braehmer, who has stepped down a division.

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But he said: “On paper, I have an easier semi-final than Eubank and Groves. They are both good fighters but I thought I had a tougher quarter-final than both of them. Groves and Eubank have both beaten middleweights on the way to their semi-final, I’m up against a former world light-heavyweight champion. So I still have a tough fight on my hands.

“He’s awkward and he fights the way he knows that wins. I have to expect a good version of Juergen Braehmer. I’ve been focusing on Braehmer. I’ve always taken one fight at a time.

“A fight against [Groves] would be a huge fight and it adds to the motivation. I’ve got a lot to lose if I slip up.

“That’s why I feel I have to stay focused and then I can focus on the final against Groves. But I would be very foolish to look past Braehmer with what’s at stake. I expect Braehmer to give me some problems.”

Meanwhile, Hughie Fury reckons Joseph Parker will give Anthony Joshua problems in their world heavyweight title unification clash.

Fury, 23, takes on Norwich’s Sam Sexton for the British heavyweight title at Bolton’s Macron Stadium on May 12.

The Manchester boxer, cousin of ex-world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, lost his unbeaten record when New Zealand’s WBO champion Parker beat him on a majority points decision.

Parker faces Briton Joshua – the IBF, IBO and WBA champion – in Cardiff on March 31 and Fury reckons there could be an upset.

Fury hopes beating Sexton will be the first step towards him being involved at the top level again.

He said: “Styles make fights and Parker, with the fast hands, could give Joshua a few problems.

“I would have liked the rematch with Parker because it would have been a different job altogether.

“I’d been out of the ring for two years but every day that passes I feel better and better, stronger.

“Now against Sexton you will see a completely different me. I’m not messing around anymore, it has made me more hungry than ever.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Johnston on 02-20-2018

[QUOTE=Koba-Grozny;18503268]It does suck, man. It woulda been a good fight I think, and it would have been a great learning experience for Mundo win or lose. I had it about 50/50 but that was allowing for it being in Germany,…

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 02-20-2018

[QUOTE=Johnston;18503236]I do remember braehmer starting to come on as the fight kept going on, not denying that. And I'm shot saying he's a slouch, I think he's very skilled and a smart fighter but the fact he is 39 years…

Comment by Johnston on 02-20-2018

[QUOTE=Koba-Grozny;18503225]In most eyes Braehmer (including most fans and all 3 judges) was having his way with Cleverly man. Clev took the first 2 by being busy but Braehmer had him figured after that. Braehmer is physically unspectacular but he's a…

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 02-20-2018

[QUOTE=Johnston;18501625]That was 4 years ago against a faded enzo on his way out. Last fight before brant was against cleverly, he couldn't continue because of something about his elbow I think, he was clearly losing that fight imo. Smith is…

Comment by lightsout_finit on 02-20-2018

[QUOTE=Sparked_26;18503172] Is Braehmer above Euro level? [/QUOTE] lol Braehmer Is an established former world champion who has fought at top level many times. Smith has a glossy record built by hearn..... Did you really need me to tell you that???…

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