Date: 26th February 2018 at 4:49pm
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On Saturday night, in Nuremburg Germany, Callum Harris sealed his place in the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight final, against George Groves.

Faced with a late change of opponent, with Nieky Holzken replacing the ill Jurgen Brahmer, Smith took the decision via a unanimous points decision.

Odds-on to win, before the fight started, at the end of twelve rounds, the judges scored the fight as thus:

? 117 – 111
? 118 ? 110
? 117 ? 111

All in favour of Callum Smith.

Against the Dutchman, Smith was by far the busier fighter landing many more blows than his opponent.

However, Holzken was a tough opponent and caught Smith with a shot in the third round that saw blood come from Callum?s nose.

Later in the fight Holzken caught Smith with a big-punch in the seventh round, but victory looked to be there for the taking when Smith caught the Dutchman with a huge right uppercut, but the Dutchman survived to hear the bell.

After the bout, Callum Smith had this to say about the fight,

‘There was a lot of pressure on me. People said I would wipe him out early and it plays on your mind.

‘It was an OK performance, not the best. He was awkward, a novice. I couldn’t predict where his shots were coming from. It was safety first. I boxed smart and booked my place in the final.’


Hopefully, that final will be, if he can overcome his injured shoulder, a contest against George Groves.

Does anyone care to predict which way that one might go?

 

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