By Elliot Foster
Callum Smith and Nieky Holzken will contest the former’s Diamond WBC super-middleweight title on Saturday after successfully making weight.
The duo are in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final at 168-pound, with the winner going on to take on WBA Super world champion George Groves in the Ali Trophy final early in the summer.
The final is set for June 2 at London’s O2 Arena and Smith, 27, is taking on late substitute Holzken, a 34-year-old former kickboxer, at the Arena Nürnberg Versicherung in Nuremberg, Germany, for the right to face Hammersmith man Groves.
Smith, who was originally meant to defend his title against former two-time light-heavyweight world champion Juergen Braehmer this weekend, before the 39-year-old pulled out with the flu, tipped the scales at 11st 13lbs and 6oz, while Holzken –– who was most recently in action just three weeks ago –– came in at exactly the same weight as the pair were inside the 12-stone championship limit.
ITV Box Office will screen Callum Smith’s fight against Nieky Holzken at a price of £9.95 and customers wanting to watch the fight can register at http://bit.ly/2Fsfx5S.
“I believe I am good enough to win this tournament,“ said Callum Smith after the weigh-in. “Nieky is just another person standing in the way, and I am looking forward to putting on a good performance and get a good and convincing win.”
“My boxing ability, my skills, and my boxing brain will be far too much for Nieky. People can look forward to watching a good show.”
“I started very young with boxing,” Holzken told just before the weigh-in.
“I liked the movies, and I wanted to be that guy in the movies. Sometimes dreams come true. This is like a ‘Cinderella Rocky thing’ - nobody knows me and I am stepping up against a big champion. My dream is to become a world champion in boxing and kickboxing. I am 13-0 and after tomorrow I am 14-0 and after the final, I am 15-0, that’s my goal!”