Callum Smith to light-heavyweight?

Discussion in 'British Boxing Forum' started by Hoddsey, Jan 1, 2021.

  1. Hoddsey

    Hoddsey New Member Full Member

    Dec 31, 2020
    Callum briefly mentioned the prospect of moving to 175lbs in an interview last week - do we think this would be a more beneficial move for him than to stay at 168lbs and what do we think he could accomplish at the new weight?
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  2. Little brian

    Little brian Active Member Full Member

    Jul 21, 2019
    Of course it would. Pointless him staying at 168. He cant keep making that weight.
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  3. moog

    moog Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 12, 2012
    I think he will retire. Might be wrong though, hope he continues. Paul and Liam Skith both said after fight, they know Callum has mentioned weight but that's no excuse as he has honestly never struggled making weight.
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  4. N17

    N17 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Feb 16, 2013

    I agree, I think he retires but I wouldn't be surprised if restrictions are lifted some time this year and crowds can come back then he has a little Anthony Crolla farewell type fight in Liverpool.
  5. Trafford

    Trafford Active Member Full Member

    Sep 29, 2018
    Not a chance. He’s already said he didn’t want want to go out like that and has ambition to go out on too as a two weight word champion.

    i think if Kovalev wins in Feb you will see him vs Smith. The other obvious fight is smith vs Bivol
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  6. zulander

    zulander Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 17, 2006
    He's only 30 lost to beat in world. He will be back at light heavy... Not sure how far he will go.
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  7. ashishwarrior

    ashishwarrior Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    he gets smashed in up there
  8. ashishwarrior

    ashishwarrior Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Callum Johnson beats smith
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  9. destruction

    destruction Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Mar 26, 2009
    It has been obvious for the past 4 fights he has been completely DEAD at 168lbs. When you look at his physique you can see how unhealthy it is for him to be that weight. He looks like someone who has escaped a concentration camp.

    It showed in the ring against Ryder in a fight he lost in a 116-112 decision, and Canelo nearly won a shut out decision over him.

    It is no good having a massive reach advantage if you are too tired and weak to be able to take advantage of it in the ring for 12 rounds. Just because you can make a weight doesnt mean you should.
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  10. Scissors

    Scissors Posts are sponsored by Matchroom Full Member

    Feb 11, 2018
    I think he’s likely to go to light heavyweight. There’s winnable fights up there for big money, there’s also very dangerous fights for little money! But I think he can be navigated properly. Kovalev at his age and stage of his career could be the perfect combination of right opponent at the right time for the the right money.
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  11. Donald Donaldson

    Donald Donaldson Member Full Member

    Oct 1, 2020
    He will (and should) move up and have at least a couple of fights at LHW, I don't think he will retire on that loss to Canelo. Although I do agree he has not got long in the sport, nothing to do with his age more to do with his mindset.

    I don't see him troubling any of the top fighters at 175, but given the right fight, at the right time he could do something at the weight.

    If he was to fight and beat a shot to bits Kovalev for any sort of title, he would then I believe 100% retire. I don't think he will fight on much past 2021.

    He was always a over rated fighter, who relied far too much on his size, will be interesting to see what he's like at 175.
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  12. aaaaa

    aaaaa Member Full Member

    Dec 19, 2020
    As said, there’s big fights for little money at LHW.

    Bivol and Beterbiev are world class operators but Smith v either of those doesn’t sell out the O2/Manchester Arena and I’d be surprised if it did 150k buys on PPV.

    Some decent all British fights if they can somehow get a title for one of those.
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  13. ashishwarrior

    ashishwarrior Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    shabberansky beats him bad
    so does sullivan
  14. moog

    moog Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 12, 2012
    Dont think that's in his character. He thought he was the best and will only continue imo if he thinks he has a decent chance of ending up top dog at 175ib. For Crolla it was a nice final payday, Smith doesnt need that. Loam Smith said the morning after the Canelo fight Callum was in his hotel room crying his eyes out, devastated because he lost, and realising he wasnt top dog anymore in the division.
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  15. moog

    moog Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 12, 2012
    If Callum continues I cannot see him fighting till late summer time as he suffered a serious injury. If he does he should go in against a Capellero or a Sullivan Barrera type. He would know after such fights if he had it to compete up a level against the best in division.
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