Callum Smith secured his place in the final of the World Boxing Super Series with a unanimous decision win over Nieky Holzken by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111. He will now go on to face George Groves for the Muhammad Ali Trophy as well as the Londoner's WBA and IBO Super Middleweight titles.
It was a tricky assignment for Smith as he had spent months training for a clever southpaw in the form of Juergen Braehmer but on the night he was up against a very awkward, orthodox fighter. The change of opponent and the change of style affected Smith and he admitted he may have underestimated the Dutchman.
Holzken was able to land a couple of big shots in the early stages even though it was Smith that bossed the rounds. As the fight progressed, Smith began to show his greater talent and ability. Nieky showed great fitness and durability but it wasn't good enough to beat Smith.
It was not the best Callum Smith but he got the job done. The tournament has it's number 1 and number 2 seeds in the final and Smith will have to perform a lot better if he is to overcome George Groves. He will have all the motivation he needs in his first shot at a World title but if he needed an extra incentive, Groves knocked out his eldest brother, Paul Smith back in 2011 so revenge could be on his mind.
So after beating myself up all day today about losing my first fight last night (on points)..... I came across this quote that really puts it into prespective.... You can't win all the time and just showing up takes courage!
Its all a learning curve and I just need to work harder and come back stronger 💪💪💥 Well done to everyone that fought on the D-Day show last night, it was a great night