Callum Smith eased his way past Luke Blackledge at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night to set-up a world title tilt against the winner of the unification match between IBF 168lb title holder James DeGale and the WBC’s titlist Badou Jack, who are due to meet on January 14 at the Barclays Center in New York.

Smith dropped and stopped his British title challenger with a counter left hook in round 10 to ensure and avoided a potential banana skin in the process. Now eying world honours, he has told the Liverpool Echo that he will be ringside for DeGale-Jack.\

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“Me and [trainer] Joe [Gallagher] are going to go over, watch a fight between two very good fighters but I do believe I can beat either of them with a good performance,” he told the Echo.

“They will bring out the best in me because if I did underperform then both can beat me but if I perform them I believe I can beat either of them. So that’s what I need, a bit of fear factor. I look forward to seeing who wins and how good I am against whoever wins.”

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