Liverpool’s Callum Smith produced a powerful display to score another first round stoppage over the usually durable Hadillah Mohoumadi at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night.
European champion Mohoumadi started the contest quickly and rushed out to unloaded on Smith who covered up. Smith took most of the shots on his arms and gloves, before countering hard with a left hook on Mohoumadi’s chin. The shot drove him back and then it was all ‘Mundo’ who piled on the pressure and let fly with some hurtful leather.
Smith, who was defending his WBC Silver super-middleweight belt stalked his man relentlessly, backing him up to the ropes where he unleashed a barrage of hefty fast digs that had the Frenchman reeling and on the verge of collapse as the referee jumped in to end the fight at 1 min, 41 seconds of the opener.
Smith, who also holds the British crown, picked up the covered EBU European title belt and also secured himself No1 challenger status for the WBC world super-middleweight title, currently held by Badou Jack. Jack defends against Lucian Bute next and then there is talk of a unification with James DeGale, Smith’s team will now have a say in future plans and will keep a close watch on where the belt is residing over the next twelve months.
Smith is a massive super-middle and is proving himself one of the most talented and dangerous British boxing prospects on the scene coming through. There will be many world class fighters in the division taking note of the 25 year old from Liverpool coming in their direction. Smith = Big super-middle, Big talent, big future!
On the undercard:
Rocky Fielding was returning to the ring after his first round blow out defeat to Callum Smith back in November and had another hard nights work against Christopher Rebrasse.
The Frenchman dropped Fielding heavy in the second round and continued to shake the Scouser on numerous occasions throughout this hard slog over the twelve round distance. Fielding had his moments and at times boxed well to hold off a determined visitor. Rebrasse had looked to have done just enough to win at the end and with the knockdown it seemed sealed but the judges scored the fight as a split decision in favour of the hometown boxer. One judge scored it 115-113 to Rebrasse and the other two cards read 114-113 to Fielding.
In another closely fought affair between British lightweight champion Scott Cardle and challenger Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd. It was Cardle who hung onto his title after the fight was declared a draw after 12 tough rounds of boxing in Liverpool.
It was a talent effort from the Birkenhead challenger and he can count himself very unlucky to be on the end of an harsh decision as he appeared to do enough to be recognised as the new British champion. Cardle is a good boxer but against Dodd he has found his match. A third meeting is surly the only way they can settle this battle. Two good honest pros who deserve respect for the fight and their attitude afterwards.
Two judges scored the contest a draw at 114-114 with the third scoring it 116-114 in favour of Dodd. = Technical draw.
Tom Doran knocked out Luke Keeler in round 2, in devastating fashion.
more to follow from the Echo.