Highlight 5 | Issue | Opinion | Premium | Oct 01 2019

Callum Smith: ‘I’ve got a lot to lose. And I don’t want to lose it yet’

Callum Smith on his BBBoC award and lining up John Ryder next
Callum Smith
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IT has been a good week. It was good to win the British Boxing Board of Control fighter of the year award. It’s a good award to win, I’ve seen a lot of good fighters win it previously so it’s good to get recognition for the year I’ve had. I’ve had a good year, become world champion and it’s always good to get a fight announced (John Ryder on November 23 in Liverpool) so it’s been a good week.

It was massive to beat George Groves and even if I hadn’t got that award at the weekend, it was still a brilliant year for me, to become world champion, to finally achieve it against Groves and perform the way I did.

When the Board awards came around I kind of wondered whether I’d get it or not, because other fighters have had good years and with it being nearly a year ago I didn’t know whether it would be fresh in the memory. I was pleased to win.