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The ringside view on Callum Smith vs John Ryder

The scores rather than Callum Smith’s win cause raised eyebrows aplenty. Andy Whittle reports from ringside
Callum Smith vs John Ryder
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Liverpool • November 23

SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT Callum Smith maintained his 100 per cent record on home soil at the M&S Arena with a distance victory over Islington’s John “The Gorilla” Ryder, completing a second successful defence of his WBA title in the process.

But there was surprise at the margin of his victory after a close-fought affair refereed by Mike Alexander, during which he was pushed hard throughout by the gutsy Londoner.  

Tallies of 116-112 twice, from judges Francisco Alloza Rosa (Spain) and Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico), along with a wider 117-111 from Terry O’Connor might well have seen “Mundo” home – but it’s a while since I recall three scores prompt such comment amongst seasoned ringsiders, surprised not so much at the result, but at the margin of Callum’s victory.


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