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.