By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Callum Smith defended his WBC International super middleweight title with a sheer demolition job against Swansea’s Tobias Webb on the undercard of Matchroom Boxing’s ‘The Second Coming’ show at the Motorpoint Arena, co-headlined by Welsh duo Nathan Cleverly and Lee Selby.
Webb was said to be Smith’s toughest test to date but two sickening left hooks and a duo of devastating right hooks – all to the body – drew a quadruple number of knockdowns before Webb succumbed and stayed on the canvas to be counted out.
The 24-year-old, who’s now 11-0 (9), produced a career-best show after being put under some early pressure in the opening round by young Welsh 168lb champion Webb but got him out of there in brutal fashion less than three minutes later.
‘Mundo’ will be in the ring again in Liverpool on July 12, where promoter Eddie Hearn foresees a “step-up into the top 20, maybe even the top 15, in the WBC rankings”.
Meanwhile, brother Paul [Smith] warmed up for a shot at Arthur Abraham‘s WBO world super middleweight title with a two-round stoppage of Spain’s David Sarabia, who was stopped for the first time, in a scheduled eight-round contest.
Though nothing is yet concrete, it is believed that the 32-year-old British champion will fight Abraham in Germany in early autumn.
Hearn confirmed what Abraham’s promoter, Kalle Sauerland, said earlier this week – that talks to make the fight were underway – with Matchroom’s head honcho hoping to get the fight finalised “in the next week or so.”
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