Press Release: Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) believes he will not beat Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday in their quarter-final at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, and then go all the way to take the Muhammad Ali Trophy. [Smith vs. Skoglund is the first super middleweight bout in the World Boxing Super Series]. The Liverpool fighter is the favorite and he approves the odds.
"From the outside looking in, I am possibly not the obvious favorite because I am still relatively unproven at the highest level," said Smith. "You have George Groves who is a [WBA] champion, who you could say could be favorite, hell probably be a bit annoyed that he is not. But from my point of view, yeah I think I am the best in the tournament so yes, I do agree with it. It is a privilege to be called the favourite, but it is just an opinion. I have to do my job now and go on and win it, said Smith.
But first things first. On Saturday he faces 26-year-old Skoglund, the Swedish undefeated challenger. I have been enjoying camp, it has been going very well, said Smith, age 27. I know I have to be at my best to win. My trainer Joe Gallagher and I have watched Skoglund a lot, and he is a good fighter, he is a good all-rounder. He does the basics very well."
"But everything he does, I do a little better. As long as the best version of me turns up, I will beat the best version of him, said Smith.
I am excited to be the first British fighter to get in the ring in the tournament. I just cannot wait to be a part of it. I think the fans will be thinking the same, with me being the first Briton in it, it will probably be their first look at the tournament. So I am not feeling pressure, more excitement.
I will win this fight, I always predict a win. If I can catch Skoglund and get him out of there it is a bonus, but I have been preparing for 12 tough rounds.