DeGale looking forward to Callum Smith and Groves fights after Badou

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By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) is already looking past his January 14 unification match against WBC champ Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) for a fight against WBC mandatory Callum Smith and then what could be a unification match against George Groves if he gets past Fedor Chudinov.

DeGale, 30, has to win his fight against the highly talented pressure fighter Badou Jack first next month in their match at the beautiful Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. That’s a toss-up fight. Badou has got the fighting style that could give DeGale huge headaches, especially with his body punches.

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Callum Smith KOs Luke Blackledge – Results

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By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #1 WBC 168lb contender Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) successfully defended his British super middleweight title on Saturday night in stopping a badly over-matched Luke Blackledge (22-3-2, 7 KOs) in the 10th round at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The sudden ending to the fight had the boxing fans in the arena quiet and stunned.

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Callum Smith: I’ll be champion by next year


By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC contender Callum Smith (21-0, 16 KOs) believes he’s got the style to defeat IBF super middleweight champion James “Chunky” DeGale (23-1, 14 KOs) when or if the two of them face each other in 2017. Never the less, Smith, 26, believes he’ll defeat DeGale or WBC 168lb champion Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KOs) to become a world champion by next year.

Smith has to wait a little bit longer before he gets that shot, as DeGale and Jack are facing each other early next year on January 14 in a unification match on Showtime Boxing at a still to be determined venue in the U.S.

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Casimero and Smith brothers win – results

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By Scott Gilfoid: In an undercard filled with dreadful mismatches from top to bottom, International Boxing Federation flyweight champion John Riel Casimero (23-3, 15 KOs) made easy work of local British challenger Charlie Edwards (8-1, 3 KOs) in using him as a punching bag for nine rounds before stopping him in the 10th round on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England.

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Callum Smith vs. Norbert Nemesapati on Golovkin-Brook card

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By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten #1 WBC super middleweight contender Callum Smith (20-0, 15 KOs) will be fighting little known Hungarian Norbert Nemesapati (21-3, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round bout on the undercard of the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Kell Brook card on September 10 at the O2 Arena in London, England. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of the 21-year-old Nemesapati before.

I did notice that he’s coming off of a loss to someone named Umar Salamov last August. That’s not good. I mean, how do you get motivated to see Callum Smith fight an unknown guy that lost his last fight to another unknown fighter? I’m just saying. What’s the point of even having Callum on the Golovkin-Brook undercard if he’s not going to be fighting someone good? But then again, Smith’s resume is littered with unknown guys like Nemesapati, so it’s not all that surprising that he’s STILL fighting lesser fighters at this point in his career.

You can argue that Nemesapati is probably a better fighter than Smith’s last opponent Cesar Hernan Reynoso (14-8-3, 7 KOs), who he struggled to beat last May at Goodison Park in Liverpool, UK. Smith did not look good in that fight for an instant.

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Callum Smith wants Gilberto Ramirez


By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated #1 WBC Callum Smith (20-0, 15 KOs) is targeting WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs) as someone he would like to fight in the future. Smith, 6’3”, has a great deal of respect for the talented 6’2 ½” Ramirez, and he feels that he’s going to be around for a long time as a top fighter.

Ramirez is only 24-years-old and already a world champion after whipping Arthur Abraham by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision last April to capture the WBO super middleweight title from the German fighter. Ramirez will be making his first defense of his WBO strap next month on July 23 against #11 WBO fringe contender Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) on HBO pay-per-view on the Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ramirez is expected to make easy work of the 28-year-old German Britsch.

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Callum Smith confident he’ll beat DeGale-Jack winner


By Scott Gilfoid: Fresh off his tougher than expected victory over little known Cesar Hernan Reynoso on the undercard of Tony Bellew vs. Ilunga Makabu on May 29, #1 WBC super middleweight contender Callum Smith (20-0, 14 KOs) is now looking forward towards a much anticipated shot at the WBC super middleweight title.

Smith, 26, will be fighting the winner of the Badou Jack vs. James DeGale unification fight for the IBF and WBC titles unless the winner of that match decides to vacate the WBC belt. In that case, Smith will be either given the WBC 168lb title by the World Boxing Council, or he’ll need to fight the next available contender.

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Callum Smith TKOs Cesar Hernan Reynoso

By Scott Gilfoid: In easily one of the worst performances I’ve seen from #1 WBC super middleweight contender Callum Smith (20-0, 15 kOs), he had to struggle hard to defeat 29-year-old Argentinian journeyman Cesar Hernan Reynoso (14-8-3, 7 KOs) by a 6th round TKO on Sunday night at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, UK.

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Bellew-Makabu, Price-Pejsar & Smith-Reynoso on 5/29


By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it’s the moment of truth for #6 WBC Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) in him facing #1 WBC Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) this Sunday on May 29 at Goodison Park Stadium, in Liverpool, UK. After toiling away in the cruiserweight division for two years, Bellew, 33, will be fighting for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title against one of the best fighters in that weight class in Makabu.

This is going to be a really tough match for Bellew because he was flopping around like a fish out of water the last time he fought a huge puncher in Adonis Stevenson three years ago in 2013. Bellew could not stand up to Stevenson’s power once he started exchanging punches with him.

In facing Makabu, Bellew will be fighting a guy with better punching power than Stevenson, and it’s going to be tough for Bellew to be able to stand up to his withering power.

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Callum and Stephen Smith added to Bellew-Makabu card

smith4444By Scott Gilfoid: The recently beaten #12 IBF super featherweight world title challenger Stephen Smith (23-2, 13 KOs) and his brother unbeaten #1 WBC super middleweight contender Callum Smith (19-0, 14 KOs) have both been added to the May 29 card headlined by #1 WBC cruiserweight contender Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) in his fight against #6 WBC Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) in their clash for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title at Goodison Park Arena in Liverpool, UK.

The addition of Callum Smith and Stephen Smith seems to be a move by their promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport to try and attract interest in the card. The main event between Bellew and Makabu could wind up as a huge buzz-kill for the British boxing fans because Bellew figures to lose that fight in spectacular fashion.

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