At the Echo Arena on April 2nd Callum Smith (18:0) takes on European Champion Hadillah Mohoumadi (20:3:1) with the latter’s title on the line, with the winner earning the mandatory spot for WBC World Champion Badou Jack.
British fans may remember Mohoumadi who lost a unanimous decision to James DeGale a few years back. The 35 year old has won his last five contests by knockout and will take confidence from the fact he has never been stopped when he takes on the heavy handed Smith.
Callum, the youngest of the famous Smith brothers boxing dynasty, comes into the contest off the back of a one round destruction of domestic rival Rocky Fielding.
‘Mundo’ has blasted out thirteen of his eighteen opponents and will be hoping he can do the same to Hadillah on Saturday night, with the bookmakers believing that it will not go the distance – pricing it at 4/11.
Callum Smith is 25/1 on to become the new European Champion while the champion is 10/1. My prediction for this fight would be for Smith to win in the later rounds and will be placing my money on Mundo to win in rounds 7-12 which is 9/5.
(Should Smith keep winning a fight with world champion James De Gale could be in the pipe line at some stage down the line):
The chief supporting contest see’s two former Smith foes clash as Rocky Fielding (21:1:0) takes on Christopher Rebrasse (24:4:3) for the vacant WBC International Silver Title.
Rebrasse is another away fighter who is no stranger to British fans in dropping decisions to George Groves and Callum Smith, a former European Champion is hard as nails and has unsurprisingly never been stopped and deserves real credit for travelling all over to take on the best.
Before his loss to Smith last time out Fielding looked superb in winning his last five before the said contest, with notable wins over Vera and Blackledge.
The bookies have the home fighter Rocky as 2/9 favourite and Rebrasse is a big price at 10/3 which is a big price for a seasoned campaigner.
I believe the fight is destined to go the distance and I will go for Fielding on points but would not be surprised to see the French man’s arm raised as there are serious question marks over Fielding’s credentials at world level.
The undercard includes two rematches, the first being Sean Dodd (10:2:0) versus Scott Cardle (19:0) for the latter’s British Lightweight title as both met last November with the champion stopping Dodd in round twelve with the challenger ahead on two of the judges’ scorecards.
The argument can be made that Cardle did not approach the first fight with the necessary mind frame believing that the contest was a matter of just turning up coupled with Dodd having the performance of his life and for this matter my prediction is Cardle by knockout in the middle rounds.
The second rematch see’s Tom Doran (16:0) take on Luke Keeler (10:1:0) for the vacant WBC International middleweight title.
These two met in the semi-final of the Prizefighter format a few years back with Doran claiming a points win en route to winning the trophy and the 32,000 that goes along with it.
This Wales versus Ireland clash has the potential over ten rounds to be fight of the night and the bookmakers reflect this having it as Doran 4/6, Keeler 6/5. My prediction is a fast paced fight and a flurry of punches and it may be likened to a Prizefighter contest over ten with winning a tight decision.
Also on the undercard is the return of Paul Smith (35:6:0) at light heavyweight as well as spots for Marcus Morrison (9:0) at super lightweight and featherweight Reece Bellotti (5:0) while super welterweight Scott Fitzgerald (1:0) who made his debut on the Frampton-Quigg undercard all feature.
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