Callum Smith vs Erik Skoglund
In an interesting fight, unbeaten super middleweight contenders, Callum Smith of Great Britain, and Erik Skoglund of Sweden, battle it out over 12 rounds, at the Echo Arena in Smith's hometown of Liverpool.
Skoglund starts confidently, boxing in a patient manner, not intimidated, not overawed. Smith seems to take a lead after 4 rounds, out working Skoglund, over powering him a little but as well, but the job is far from finished for Smith, as Skoglund comes on strong in round 5, giving Smith a torrid time.
Skoglund is very strong through the middle rounds, even taking a possible lead on the cards after 7 or 8 rounds, his jab, phenomenal, his movement, great, he just shows himself to be a complete, compact boxer. Smith proves his adaptability, desire, grit, and he picks up the pace, and turns back the tables in rounds 9 and 10, making the Smith fans less and less worried.
Smith doesn't fade in the championship rounds, in fact, he manages to put Skoglund on the canvas in round 11, before a brave Skoglund battles back, tries to rally, although he can just about match Smith blow for blow in the last session, he fails to find the spectacular finish he needs, leaving Smith and his fans confident, celebrating, and Skoglund, very respected, nothing to be ashamed of, but dejected.
The general consensus is that Smith has done enough to win the fight, some say it is close, some say the margin is wide, but few seem to believe Skoglund has earned more than 5 rounds.
The scorecards are read out, and Smith is announced the winner, by an unsurprising unanimous decision, with the scores being 117-110, 117-111, 116-112, with 2 of the judges, uncommonly, scoring a round even on their scorecards.