Exclusive: Expectant Eddie Hearn sees Callum Smith easing to WBSS final

Joe Hewlett 15/09/2017

Callum Smith will open up the World Boxing Super Series campaign for the super-middleweight division when he takes on fellow undefeated opponent in Erik Skoglund.

The pair will meet on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, with the victor not only progressing into the semi-finals, but also with the WBC Diamond title around their waist.

It has been over nine months since Smith last fought after negotiations with Anthony Dirrell fell through over a fight for the WBC world title.

Smith’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, believes people will see the Liverpudlian take out his aggression on the Swede.

“I think he wins comfortably, he’s going to take out a lot of frustration on him, he looks fantastic in the gym and I expect a good fight,” Hearn exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I like Skoglund, he’s hungry but I just think Callum is on another level. He has been frustrated especially with Dirrell but ultimately, you’re going to see the levels on Saturday night and I think he’s going to move on to the final unscathed before he faces the biggest test,” he said.

If Smith is successful then he will either face either Jurgen Brahmer or up and coming American Robert Brant in the semi-finals.

Regardless of who wins the fight, Hearn expects the Brit walk into the final with ease before being moving into the final with one hand on the Muhammed Ali trophy.

“We got Jamie Cox against George Groves, I think he (Cox) has a real chance in that fight, and then we’ve got Chris Eubank Jr who’s a big favourite against Avni Yildirim and one of those will be in the final.

“Callum will face either Brahmer or Brant. He’s got a nice draw and he’ll then be tested in the final,” he added.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95