As part of the World Boxing Super Series, Callum Smith will meet Erik Skoglund in the super middleweight division. The fight will take place at the Echo Arena Liverpool on the 16th September.
This will be the third bout in the World Boxing Super Series and the winner will take on whoever comes out on top against Jurgen Brahmer and Robert Brant.
There have not been many major tournaments of this type in professional boxing history, with the last attempt coming back in 2009 and 2011. This was the Super Six World Boxing Classic and all fights were contested in the super middleweight division.
The winner of that tournament was Andre Ward, who defeated Karl Froch in the final. Interestingly, Arthur Abraham, who lost out to Chris Eubank Jr in qualifying for the World Boxing Super Series, lost in the semi-final of that tournament.
British boxer Callum Smith comes into this fight as the overwhelming favourite, priced at 1.06 with Bet365.
Smith starts the fight with 22 bouts under his belt, all of which he has won. There have been 17 knockouts and this will be Smith’s first fight of the year, having previously fought in December of 2016. Smith won that fight by knockout, defeating Luke Blackledge in the 10th round at the Manchester Arena to retain the British Super-middleweight title.
Standing at 6ft 3”, Smith is a big boxer and has a commanding presence in the ring. He has great punching power which has resulted in stoppages in each of his last five fights. You can bet on this fight to end by knockout or technical knockout.
Swedish fighter Erik Skoglund is being given very little chance of winning this fight and progressing in the World Boxing Super Series.
Skoglund is out at 8.00 with Bet365 to win the fight and there is very little to suggest the Swede is going to trouble Smith at any stage of the contest. Despite boasting a record which shows 26 wins and 0 defeats, with 12 wins coming by way of knockout, Skoglund has not fought anyone of note during his career.
Not only will this be Skoglund’s toughest opponent, it will also be his first fight in the United Kingdom making it a huge moment in his career.
If the Swede is to win the contest, perhaps his best option is to try and take the fight the distance. Smith is still to show he can go the distance with a good boxer and this may dictate the tactics of Skoglund. You can bet on the fight to go the full distance.
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