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The Big Time – Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz undercard preview

Callum Smith returns to the USA for the Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz as a world star, writes Daniel Herbert
Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz undercard
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THE last time Callum Smith boxed in the United States, it was in an early-career six-rounder down the bill in Carson, California. He flattened Abraham Hernandez in one round on the show topped by Kell Brook beating Shawn Porter. In the intervening five years, the man from Liverpool has become the world’s leading super-middleweight for many (including this publication), winning the World Boxing Super Series tournament in September with a spectacular knockout of George Groves.

Now “Mundo” has his second USA bout on a much bigger stage than the first – he’s in the chief support to Joshua-Ruiz at the famed Madison Square Garden, defending his WBA belt for the first time against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam. Smith, 25-0 (18), is tall for the weight at 6ft 3ins and it would be no surprise if he moved up to light-heavy at some point. There’s also talk of a match with pound-for-pound star Canelo Alvarez, so Callum can’t afford any slip-ups this weekend.

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