Callum Smith decisions Erik Skoglund, claims WBC Diamond belt and WBSS semi-final spot

Joe Hewlett 16/09/2017

Callum Smith is in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series after claiming a unanimous points decision over Erik Skoglund.

The judges scored the fight 116-112, 117-110 and 117-111 to the Scouser who took the WBC Diamond strap back home.

Though, it wasn’t as straight forward as many expected. After a pulsating opening four rounds, it was the latter who took control as he popped open Smith’s nose in the fifth.

For the first time in his career, ‘Mundo,’ looked hurt and the 27-year-old had to show all his courage to shift over momentum during the later rounds.

Trading fire with fire, it was in the eleventh round where Smith displayed his worth, flooring the Swede with a flurry of vicious combinations.

Bruised, bloody and battered, Joe Gallagher’s fighter will welcome some well-deserved rest before preparing for his next opponent.

The super-middleweight is scheduled to fight either German veteran Jurgen Braehmer (48-3) or America’s Rob Brant (22-0) in the last four.

Speaking post-fight, Smith vowed to become ‘a better fighter,’ after shrugging off nine-months of ring rust.

In chief support, former world title challenger Martin Murray delivered a crushing right hook to the body of Arman Torosyan to move to 36-4-1 as he recorded his seventeenth professional KO.

 The chief supporting bout was never in question as the St. Helen’s man produced a controlled performance.

The Matchroom fighter won his third successive clash since losing to George Groves and is one step closer to a fifth crack at a world crown.

Zach Parker produced a viscous left hook to send Luke Blackledge to the canvas in the opening round.

As referee Michael Alexander began the ten-count, the 27-year-old attempted to compose himself before stumbling into the ropes.

Parker will now have his eyes on capturing the Lonsdale belt after emerging victorious from the British super-middleweight title eliminator.

Lancashire’s Adam Little put on a dominant performance with the 26-year-old returning to winning ways following a loss to Glenn Foot.

The fight ended 29 seconds into round four following a left hook to the kidney of Reece MacMillan.

Isaac Macleod snatched victory out of Danny Craven’s hands as he marginally defeated the fellow Brit on points with the judge’s verdict 58-57.

The North-East welterweight dug deep as he recovered from a cut above the eye in round two to finish the six-round contest strongly in what was a fight that consisted of heavy exchanges between the pair.

The ‘Rydal Psycho’ Joe Wood made it a fifth consecutive win as he dispatched Bulgaria’s Ilian Marko within three rounds, whilst 22-year-old Stonebridge Boxing Club product Mikael Lawal cruised to a 40-36 points win over Pole Jakub Wojcik.

Lloyd Campbell stretched his undefeated record to 6-0 with a victory over Michal Vosyka after the referee intervened in round two round, whilst Brian Phillips had a fairytale start as he delivered a second-round stoppage of Poland’s Kamil Jaworek on his professional debut.

John Gillies defeated Hungary’s Farenc Zsalek to extend his record to 3-0. The heavyweight won via points with the judges scoring the contest 39-37 in favour of the Brit.

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