Callum Smith vs. Hadillah Mohoumadi tonight
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated Callum Smith (18-0, 13 KOs) will be trying to add the EBU super middleweight title to his collection tonight in his fight against EBU champion Hadillah Mohoumadi (20-3-1, 15 KOs) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
If Smith wins this fight, then it could be his last stop before he fights for a world title later this year against WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack if he wins his fight in April against Lucian Bute. Either way, Smith, 25, will be getting a title shot in 2016 if he can beat the aging 35-year-old Mohoumadi.
A win in this fight is virtually assured for Smith because he’s not dealing with a talented fighter. Smith is facing a guy that was beaten by James DeGale and Nikola Sjekloca in 2012. Those were the last fights in which Mohoumadi fought recognizable names in the division.
Smith is coming off of a 1st round knockout win over Rocky Fielding last year. It was an impressive performance from Smith. Fielding made it easy for Smith by fighting like he’d lost his senses completely. It was all very primitive stuff from Fielding, and it’s not surprising he was blasted out so fast.
Since then, it’s been all about record-padding fights for Mohoumadi in his last six fights, as he’s fought nothing but 2nd and 3rd tier fodder opposition. Those guys he can beat. Unfortunately, that’s all he appears to be able to beat at this point in his career, and that’s bad news.
“If Callum beats Mohoumadi he will be the mandatory position, so he doesn’t need Groves any more. Don’t get me wrong, a fight between them is a great money fight,” said Johnny Nelson to skysports.com.
Yeah, there’s no point in Smith fighting George Groves now. It’s too dangerous of a fight for Smith, as he’ll be locked into a world title fight against Badou. I wouldn’t recommend Smith taking on the Groves fight, because both guys are pretty much the same talent-wise. It would be one of those fights where whoever lands first might win the fight. Smith is so easy to hit it’s not even funny. He stands there like a tall stork begging to be hit in the gob.
Smith should be able to beat Mohoumadi without any problems, but you never know. If Mohoumadi is able to tuurn this fight into a war and back Smith up against the ropes like he was doing against DeGale in their fight in 2012, then this could be a very difficult fight for Smith. However, Mohoumadi was younger when he fought Degale, and he’s clearly not the same fighter now as he was then. This is a fight that Smith should win without any problems. I mean, if Smith can’t dominate a limited fighter like Mohoumadi, then it obviously doesn’t bode too well for his future in the 168lb division. It would mean that Smith would need to think about moving up to 175 to try and make something happen with his career. I can’t see Callum Smith being able to trade punches with talents like Adonis Stevenson, Sergey Kovalev or Artur Beterbiev. Heck, even someone like Juergen Braehmer would likely be too good for Smith.
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