News | May 29 2019

Callum Smith: ‘I can beat anyone in the world at 168lbs’

Callum Smith excited to finally defend his WBA super-middleweight crown
Callum Smith
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CALLUM SMITH is relishing finally making the first defence of his WBA super-middleweight title — nine months after winning it in such style against George Groves.

The then-unproven Smith travelled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in September to stop Groves in the seventh round of the final of the lucrative World Boxing Super Series, retiring the defending champion and establishing himself as one of the finest super-middleweights in the world.

If he was then expected to further his reputation by defending his new title, he has instead been at risk of becoming forgotten having waited until joining the undercard of Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday in New York.