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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.

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“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 Madison boxing 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.

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