Callum Smith puts his WBA (Super) and The Ring Magazine super middleweight titles on the line against Canelo Alvarez in Texas on December 19. We take a quick look at Smith’s top five fights during his career since he turned professional in 2012.
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Callum Smith v Patrick Mendy (September 2013)
Callum Smith won his first ever professional title when he defeated fellow British fighter Patrick Mendy on September 21 2013 at the Liverpool Olympia to win the vacant English super middleweight title. It was Smith’s eighth pro fight and he made light work of Mendy as he got him out of there inside the opening three minutes a scheduled 10-round bout.
Callum Smith v Tobias Webb (May 2014)
Smith once again showed his extreme punching power when he defended his WBC International super middleweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. Smith was dominant from the opening bell, although the first round hinted that Welshman Webb could cause Smith problems. That proved to be false as Smith came out for the second and destroyed Webb, he sent him crashing to the canvas with a crippling body shot before Smith sent him sprawling three more times in the second round before failing to make the count on the fourth knockout.
Callum Smith v John Ryder (November 2019)
Now you wouldn’t think that his points victory over John Ryder would be making many highlight packages, but this fight showed he can dig deep and still perform at a high level even with his back against the ropes. Many people believe that Ryder was unlucky not to be named the winner after 12 rounds, but what it did show was that Smith will never give up, even when things are not going his way, and you will have to work very hard if you are going to get him to quit.
Callum Smith v Rocky Fielding (November 2015)
When Smith took to the ring at the Echo Arena in Liverpool against Rocky Fielding, many felt this would be his toughest test. It actually proved to be one of his easiest, as he destroyed Fielding inside the first three minutes. Smith was in no mood to hang around as he floored Fielding in inside 30 seconds with a huge right hand, before knocking him down two more times – the third one being from a vicious right. That victory, although it was very quick, proved that Smith could really punch and that he would soon be a world champion.
Callum Smith v George Groves (September 2018)
Smith entered the World Super Series in 2017 and was taken the distance by Sweden’s Erik Skoglund to set up a semi-final bout against Nieky Holzken in February 2018, which he once again won on points. That set up a final showdown with WBA (Super) super middleweight champion George Groves with that belt on the line as well as the vacant Ring magazine belt and WBSS crown. This fight took place in Saudi Arabia and both fighters found a level of success and were very evenly matched, until Smith hurt Groves with a left hook before continuing to target the body until he fell to the canvas. Groves failed to beat the count with Smith becoming the world champion we all knew he would be.