Callum Smith looks to prove world potential
Tonight at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, unbeaten Super Middleweight Callum Smith will look to claim the WBC’s Silver title as he faces tough Christopher Rebrasse.
From a family of fighting brothers, hard-hitting Callum is being widely touted as one of Britain’s best prospects, so far halting 12 of 16 opponents.
But Frenchman Rebrasse, 29, who went the distance last year with George Groves at Wembley Arena, claims Smith is a ‘hype job’ and plans to shatter the Brit’s plans.
If Smith can do what Groves could not, by stopping Rebrasse before the final bell, the Scousers stock will rise considerably.
Should Smith – who is ranked no.3 by WBC win as expected – he could meet Groves in his next fight.
Groves will fight Badou Jack for the WBC super-middleweight crown this summer, so an all-British world title contest could be in store.
“It’s nothing against George Groves, it’s just that the WBC route is the one I have chosen,” Smith said.
“He’s next in line to fight for it. If he loses, I’ll have no reason to fight George Groves. I just want the world title. If he beats Badou Jack, he’s the one I’ll go after. By the time I do fight for the world title, I’ll be ready whoever is champion.
“I’m not chasing George Groves, my career does not revolve around George Groves. I want to become a world champion. I’ve said it from the day I turned pro.
“I’m close to the WBC one now. If George Groves loses to Badou Jack, then he’s not in my sights.”
Smith is a fearsome body puncher and will no doubt utilise them in tonight’s fight in front of Sky cameras, and it’s hard to see Rebrasse standing up to many.
Win early and look good, Smith really could stand out in the packed British division.
James Degale holds the IBF world title, Groves could soon hold the WBC, while British legend Carl Froch looks to either retire or fight middleweight monster GGG at super middleweight.
Throw former middleweight Martin Murray into the mix – who announced recently his move up in weight – and there’s some serious talent in Britain right now, and some great shows to be seen in future.
Despite the odds of Smith at 1/20, and Rebrasse at 8/1, the Frenchman believes he’ll gatecrash the Brits plans.
Rebrasse said: “There is lots of hype around Callum Smith – I’m still unsure how good he is.
“My team and I have looked at three or four fights of him. He has a clean and rigid style of boxing – if he is as good as they say he is I expect him to bring it to me on June 26.
“I’ve competed at world level and he hasn’t yet so there are reservations from us on him. We are taking Callum seriously as there has been much talk about him but we intend to expose him before he has a chance to compete at world level.
“I was number three with the WBC and a former European champion – Callum is a good opponent for me right now; I can beat him and I’m expecting an open fight. I will leave nothing in the ring as this fight is make or break for my career. I can’t afford another setback at this stage, especially against a young prospect.”
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