Callum Smith's Coach Wants 'Brutal' Stoppage of John Ryder

Callum Smith's head trainer, Joe Gallagher, wants his man to pull of a brutal win over mandatory challenger John Ryder.

Smith will defend his WBA super middleweight title against Ryder on Saturday night at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.

Smith is coming back from back to back sensational knockouts of George Groves and Hassan N'dam.


There are already plans to have Smith make a big defense in Anfield in 2020 against a top level opponent.

And Gallagher wants him to cap off the year in style.

"Brutal. I just want Callum to be brutal," Gallagher told Sky Sports. "Callum is training like he's fighting a Canelo. Obviously he wants to put a good show on for the fans, but he wants to - like he always seems to do - make a statement.

"Like he did with George Groves, Hassan N'Dam, and he wants to do it against John Ryder as well, as his mandatory."

As far as Anfield goes, Gallagher has already mentioned that WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is not a big enough name to help them pack out the house.

"He pulled out the win at the end, but you can't read too much into it. Billy Joe wasn't motivated, he was in with a kid he was expected to beat. If people think Billy Joe is going to turn up like that against Canelo or GGG, or Callum Smith, you're hugely mistaken," Gallagher said.

"Billy Joe is a good fighter and I can see Billy Joe going down to middleweight, that's his proper weight division. As a boxing fan, I've always wanted to see that Eubank-Billy Joe rematch. I think that's a great fight and I'd love to see that.

"I don't think, and this is no disrespect, I don't think that's a big enough fight to do Anfield, or a big enough name and from what I heard of his last performance, he's half killed it a little bit, because I'm sure the American networks won't stump up money for it."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by tokon on 11-21-2019

[QUOTE=deathofaclown;20197648]Well maybe he doesn’t think he can win. Even when Warren had BJS and they made an offer for BJS v Smith, which wasn’t enough money, why didn’t Hearn/Gallagher even try to counter the offer. Gallagher just give them a…

Comment by deathofaclown on 11-19-2019

[QUOTE=tokon;20197445]Yes, you're right, so Gallagher should be talking UP a Saunders fight - if he thinks his guy can win . . . .[/QUOTE] Well maybe he doesn’t think he can win. Even when Warren had BJS and they made…

Comment by tokon on 11-19-2019

[QUOTE=deathofaclown;20197105]Hearn said Gallagher thinks Saunders is a very tricky fight, this was even when Saunders was with Warren. He said for the money Saunders brings, they’re more likely to look at other/easier fights. Gallagher is Smith’s manager, not just his…

Comment by Letmaku on 11-19-2019

Trainers of Callum Smith and Jeff Horny are good promoters!?

Comment by PittyPat on 11-19-2019

Besides Smith, has Gallagher had any prolonged success as a trainer after Quigg? Seems like every time I see him in a corner, his fighter loses. :dunno:

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