Press Release Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) and Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs) had the chance to size each other up at a media workout at the Rotunda ABC ahead of their World Boxing Super Series quarter-final clash on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. Smith, who was joined by boxing brothers Paul, Stephen and Liam, watched on as his Swedish rival Skoglund was put through his paces by his father Johan.
"Iíve had a good camp," said Smith after his workout. "I feel strong and Iím ready to do a job on Saturday. Iíve watched a lot of Erik and so has my coach Joe Gallagher. We know what he does well and we know what he doesnít do so well. Iíve got a list of things to do, and as long as I stick to my game plan, I think the best version of me beats the best version of him."
Smith, the super middleweight tournamentís second seed, selected Skoglund as his opponent at the live Draft Gala in Monte Carlo in July, and with just days to go before his hometown showdown, the 27 year-old revealed he is still happy with his choice.
"Iíve got no regrets. I didnít pick Erik because he was a bad fighter. I picked him because I thought stylistically he would bring out the best in me, and I stick by that. I think on Saturday you will see a very good performance from myself. Itís always nice to fight at home. Some of best performances have been at the Echo Arena. I always seem to rise to the occasion and deliver for the fans. I know Iím up against a tough fight but every time Iíve been up against it before, Iíve always come out on top and put in the best performance of my career so far, and I think this weekend will be no different."
Skoglund, who arrived in Liverpool on Sunday, appeared equally confident as he begins his quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, and while he admits he learnt little from todayís training, the 26 year-old says he has studied Smith and is ready to upset the local fighter in front of his home fans.
"I had a nice workout," said Skoglund. "Iím feeling explosive and sharp, and thatís what we are aiming for Ė to keep that sharpness until Saturday. I didnít see too much from Callum today. I was doing my own thing and talking to the press, but from what I did see, he looks good, but of course he looks good, everyone looks good on the pads so you canít take too much from that, but Iíve been studying his fights. Iíve learnt a lot and Iím confident for Saturday.
"Iíve been in Liverpool for a few days now. Itís a nice place. The weather has not been too good, but Iíve had a walk around town. Iíve not had a chance to explore much because all my focus is on the fight. However, hopefully I will win some fans on Saturday night and I can return to Liverpool another time."
Tickets for the Smith-Skoglund Muhammad Ali Trophy quarter-final and WBC Diamond World title contest on Saturday, September 16th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool are available at stubhub.com