Callum ‘Mundo’ Smith will acquire on Pawel Stepien this 7 days as he appears to be to secure a title shot later on this yr.
Smith moved up to the gentle heavyweight ranks pursuing his defeat to Canelo Alvarez in December 2020 and has beaten Lenin Castillo and Mathieu Bauderlique considering that.
Now, the 32-12 months-old will return to Liverpool to encounter unbeaten Poland star Stepien.
Smith will have one eye on reigning champion Artur Beterbiev but will need to put in a good effectiveness in opposition to a formidable opponent to close in on a title bout.
Stepien has received 18 bouts in his qualified career so much with just a single split choice draw and saw off Iago Kiziria previous time out.
Smith vs Stepien: Date and how to adhere to
This 12-round mild heavyweight bout will get area on Saturday, March 11.
It is staying held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
The undercard will get underway from 6pm with the primary celebration envisioned at all-around 10:30pm
The action will be demonstrated dwell on DAZN from 7pm.
DAZN fees £7.99 a thirty day period and can be cancelled at any time though the occasion will also be offered on the DAZN application.
talkSPORT will also continue to keep you up to day with all the establish-up and reaction from Liverpool.
Smith vs Stepien: Undercard
Topic to change
- Principal celebration: Callum Smith vs Pawel Stepien
- Robbie Davies Jr vs Darragh Foley
- Campbell Hatton vs Michel Gonxhe
- Diego Pachecov vs Jack Cullen
- Mickey Ellison vs Thomas Whittaker Hart
- Rhiannon Dixon vs Vicky Wilkinson
- Johnny Fisher vs Alfonso Damiani
- Aqib Fiaz vs Dean Dodge
- Paddy Lacey vs James McCarthy
- George Liddard vs Daniel Przewieslik
- Peter McGrail vs TBA
Smith vs Stepien: What has been said?
Beterbiev retains the WBC, IBF and WBO light heavyweight titles and defeat Anthony Yarde in January.
Smith ‘fully believes’ he can assert people belts need to the two experience off later this yr.
He stated: “I’ve performed my part.
“I’ve develop into mandatory so I can sit and hold out and struggle for 3 of the belts.
“He’s has bought a European type, applies pressure but does not just race ahead, he’s intelligent how he does it and is of course significant-handed.
“He has been damage, he’s been place about 2 times as a experienced and he’s not invincible. I have seen other fighters harm him and place him over, I fully imagine I can.
“I’m in my peak many years now and the time to defeat him is now.”
And Smith believes 2023 will be a substantial year.
“I believe that the time to turn out to be planet champion is now for me. If it is not now it’ll be never. I believe I end 2023 as a two-time, two-weight entire world winner.”
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