Highlight 2 | Issue | Premium | Reports | Jun 04 2019

Success for Callum Smith and Katie Taylor on Joshua vs Ruiz undercard

Those in attendance at ‘The Mecca of Boxing’ get their money’s worth with the Joshua vs Ruiz undercard
Callum Smith on Joshua vs Ruiz show
Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
New York • June 1

ALTHOUGH the unrivalled drama of the main event understandably overshadowed the Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz Jnr undercard, there was nonetheless plenty of action and intrigue further down the bill.

In the chief support, Liverpool’s Callum Smith successfully retained his WBA super-middleweight title for the first time with an eye-catching display against human yo-yo Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam.

To say that N’Jikam is no stranger to suffering knockdowns is something of an understatement. The Cameroonian-Frenchman, who fights out of Monte Carlo, was decked a total of 10 times in just two bouts with Peter Quillin and David Lemieux – both at middleweight. Competing a division north against the physically imposing Smith, it was difficult to envisage him being able to stand up to his former sparring partner’s heavy-handed assaults. And so it proved.

Callum Smith impressed Action Images/Andrew Couldridge


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