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Photos: Callum Smith Grinds Hard For John Ryder Defense

Callum Smith will defend his WBA World, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Super-Middleweight titles against WBA mandatory challenger John Ryder at the M&S Bank Arena Liverpool on Saturday November 23, shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. (photos by Mark Robinson)

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Smith (26-0, 19 KOs) landed the WBA World title and was crowned World Boxing Super Series Champion following a stunning seventh round knockout victory over British rival George Groves in Saudi Arabia last September – a win that also saw the Liverpudlian claim the vacant Ring Championship.

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He put those titles on the line for the first time against two-time Olympian and former Middleweight World ruler Hassan N’Dam on his US debut at Madison Square Garden in New York earlier this year, flooring the French-Cameroonian three times in three rounds as he delivered a clinical display.

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'Mundo' returns home to fight in his native Liverpool for the first time since outpointing Sweden's Erik Skoglund in September 2017 knowing that a win over his fellow Brit Ryder is vital if he is to secure a dream fight at Anfield next year. 

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Ryder (28-4, 16 KOs) earned the number-one ranking with the WBA with a seventh round technical knockout win against previously undefeated Russian Andrey Sirotkin in their final eliminator clash at the Copper Box Arena in London last October.

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Gideon lock on 11-08-2019

He'll demolish ryder fairly easily i predict.

Comment by Gideon lock on 11-08-2019

[QUOTE=patron;20177366]I think he gives Canelo his toughest challenge if they fight. This guy is in his prime and has a lot of physical advantages over Canelo. Smith should be unifying all the belts if he doesnt get a shot at…

Comment by patron on 11-08-2019

I think he gives Canelo his toughest challenge if they fight. This guy is in his prime and has a lot of physical advantages over Canelo. Smith should be unifying all the belts if he doesnt get a shot at…

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