Weights: Smith 167.5, Mohoumadi 164.5
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated #1 WBC Callum Smith (18-0, 13 KOs) weighed in successfully on Friday for his fight against EBU super middleweight champion Hadillah Mohoumadi (20-3-1, 15 KOs) for their fight on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. Smith, 25, weighed in at 167.5 pounds.
The 6’3” Smith will likely now rehydrate to the cruiserweight division and come into the fight in the 180s. The 35-year-old Mohoumadi weighed in at three pounds less at 164.5 pounds. In looking at the two fighters, it’s pretty clear that Smuth is going to have a tremendous weight advantage on Saturday night over the aging Mohoumadi when the two fighters step inside the ring.
The winner of the fight will be the WBC 168lb mandatory challenger to WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack. It’s too bad that Smith isn’t forced to fight a better opponent than the #6 WBC Mohoumadi, because there are arguably much better fighters in the World Boxing Council’s top 15 at this time like #3 WBC Anthony Dirrell and #5 WBC Andre Dirrell.
I don’t know why in the world he WBC is allowing Smith-Mohoumadi to be the WBC eliminator bout rather than having one of the Dirrell brothers face Smith in an eliminator instead. I hate to say it, but I think Smith would lose to both Dirrell brothers. Those guys have superior hand speed, boxing skills and talent compared to Smith. In terms of punching power, the Dirrell brothers appear to be identical to Smith.
The Dirrell brothers punch better to the head than Smith. The only thing that Smith does well is throw body shots. In that respect, he’s kind of like a throwback fighter from the 1920s. He throws a lot of body shots and not much else. Smith kind of is a misplaced fighter stuck in a time warp. I don’t think he belongs in the 21st century fighting the top guys because his style is so old time. I see Smith getting badly exposed by a modern fighter like Badou when that fight eventually happens.
“I dream of fighting for a world title. One more win and I’ll have my shot at that. I can’t afford slip-ups and he went the distance with James DeGale, who in my eyes is the man to beat in the division so he has got my full attention,” said Smith to skysports.com about Mohoumadi.
Yeah, Mohoumadi went the distance with DeGale and gave him total problems in losing a 12 round decision, but that was four years ago in 2012. Mohoumadi was younger then, and not the aging 35-year-old fighter he is now. Further, DeGale was younger and not as polished as he is now. Mohoumadi had a bad year in 2012 in losing to DeGale and Nikola Sjekloca. Mohoumadi has since won his last six fights, albeit against weak 2nd tier fodder opposition. Mohoumadi has also lost to Cristian Sanavia in the past.
“He comes forward and constantly applies pressure. He has got a good defence and his record suggests he’s heavy-handed but he’s pretty one-paced and I think he struggles with movement so I feel I’m the better boxer and the better puncher,” said Smith about Mohoumadi.
In undercard action, super middleweight Rocky Fielding will be facing Christopher Rebrasse, and British lightweight champion Scott Cardle will be facing Sean Dodd.
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