Callum Smith marched on again on his quarter final match in the World Boxing Super Series tonight in Liverpool.
Callum Smith extended his professional record to 23-0-17KO with a victory over previously unbeaten Sweden’s Erik Skoglund tonight in Liverpool’s Echo Arena.
The win retained his British, European and WBC ‘Diamond’ 168lbs belts.
Starting off in the fight, Smith established his control in the first round by taking the middle of the ring with a commanding jab – scoring a solid right hand near the end of the round.
As the early rounds progressed Smith began to apply more pressure and went on the front foot more, landing solid scoring shots to the body of his Swedish foe.
Skoglund upped the ante significantly in the fourth and fifth however, pushing Smith back at times and bloodying the nose of Smith by the end of the fifth.
The 6th round was a battle of the jabs fought at long range, with Skoglund perhaps just getting the better of the exchanges.
The bout proved to be a close, competitive affair in the mid rounds, with the edge going to Skoglund for me based on superior jabs and movement – showing Smith to be a stationary target at times.
Smith always had that straight right hand as a reminder though – which he used to keep Skoglund off in parts of the second half of the bout.
Callum Smith came storming back down the stretch and scored a big knockdown in round 11 that was started by a significant right hand landed, followed up by a barrage of hooks.
Skoglund showed great heart himself in the final round to come back at Smith and apply pressure after been dropped in the 11th. An excellent fight overall.
The final scorecards read out in favor of Smith by unanimous decision: