Callum Smith vs. Erik Skoglund Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/16/17
Skoglund vs. Smith
Boxing: Saturday, September 16, 2017 (Echo Arena)
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Callum Smith and Erik Skoglund fight Saturday at the Echo Arena in the World Boxing Super Series quarterfinals.
Callum Smith enters this fight with a 22-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. This will be Smith’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Luke Blackledge. Smith continues to prove he’s one of the top boxers from the UK and hopes to start this tournament off with a bang. Smith is 27 years old, stands at 6’3” and has an orthodox stance. Smith is a big boxer with a massive frame who has great punching power and likes to fight on the inside where he can wear on his opponent and land body shots. Smith has stopped each of his last five opponents and is rarely making it past the sixth round these days. Smith has a heavyweight style and can land quick combinations for his size. The only concern is conditioning, as Smith still hasn’t shown he can go the distance against a quality boxer. Smith has fought most of his career in Liverpool, his birthplace.
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Erik Skoglund enters this fight with a 26-0 record that includes 12 knockouts. This will be Skoglund’s third fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a December win over Timy Shala. Skoglund has a chance to take his career to new heights with a victory here while earning the title as the best boxer from Sweden. Skoglund is 26 years old, stands at 6’1” and has an orthodox stance. Skoglund throws accurate and strong punches, and he lands hander than his 46 percent knockout percentage would suggest. Skoglund has good movement for a guy his size and is really effective on his counters when he’s patient sitting back. When Skoglund wants to push the pace and be the aggressor, he’s a real handful to deal with and showed that in his last bout when he knocked down Shala several times before scoring the KO. The problem is Skoglund has spent much of his career beating up on subpar boxers, so this is a real show and prove moment. This will be Skoglund’s first fight in the United Kingdom.
This is a nice fight to start the tournament, as you have two of the better super middleweights in the world going at it and putting their undefeated records on the line. And while we can hope for a 12 round bloodbath, this is a bout Smith should win in his backyard. Smith is the bigger boxer, has far more punching power, is more battle tested at this stage of his career and is the type of boxer who isn’t going to sit back and allow Skoglund to get comfortable. Skoglund has had too many fights where he’s able to sit back and pick his spots, but that won’t be the case here. Smith brings the fight to his opponent and has the power to end things with one shot.
Smith is the fighter who remains undefeated and moves on in the tournament.