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Photos: Callum Smith, Nieky Holzken - Go Face To Face at Workouts

Callum Smith (23-0. 17 KOs) and Nieky Holzken (13-0, 10 KOs) faced off for the first time at a media workout before their Trophy Semi-Final on Saturday at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung.

“I am stepping up to meet one of the big guys in the super middleweight division,” said Holzken at the public workout. “But the fans can expect the unexpected on Saturday. I am here to beat Callum Smith.”

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Callum Smith’s original opponent Germany’s Juergen Braehmer revealed yesterday he would be unable to compete in the semi-final because of a feverish infection.

The World Boxing Super Series' format meant unbeaten Holzken was already on standby as a reserve.

After months of preparations, WBC Diamond Champion Callum Smith was forced to switch focus to a new challenge.

“Holzken looks like a good fighter,” said Smith after watching Holzken hitting the pads. “It really doesn’t matter who I am facing on Saturday. I wasn’t happy about my performance against Erik Skoglund in the quarter-final, but this time I will make a statement. Not only to the boxing fans, but also to George Groves. I want to put on a good show on Saturday,” said Smith.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pigeons on 02-21-2018

[QUOTE=giacomino;18504942]Feigenbutz was handed an interim paper belt, so was never a “champ” and hasn’t fought a top 20 opponent. Sauerland is safety first with its German fighters and wasn’t about to risk him losing. Which is probably why Braehmer pulled…

Comment by giacomino on 02-21-2018

[QUOTE=Pigeons;18504354]I do wonder what happened to Vincent Feigenbutz. He was named as the SMW reserve before the tournament started ([url]http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/19892971/world-boxing-super-series-final-slot-the-air[/url]). He's a former champ (like Braehmer) and a German (like Braehmer). [/QUOTE] Feigenbutz was handed an interim paper belt, so…

Comment by Floydushka on 02-21-2018

[QUOTE=Pigeons;18504354]A lot of guys with kickboxing backgrounds have made noise in boxing in recent years (Chris Algieri, Jarrell Miller, Sergey Lipinets, Denis Grachev, Dillian Whyte, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy). [/QUOTE] Yes, but they all are losers :-)

Comment by Floydushka on 02-21-2018

That's not photos, that's photoshop.

Comment by sammybee on 02-21-2018

Smith will win by stoppage.

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