Callum Smith quickly dispatched Hadillah Mohoumadi at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night, claiming both a European title and a shot at the WBC world super-middleweight strap in the process.
Mohoumadi made a lively start the opening round, cornering Smith early on before being caught with a sweet left-hand counter. Unphased, the defending European champion continued to attack. However, he was eventually hit with a ferocious body shot before finding himself against the ropes and under fire from a devastating salvo, forcing the referee to wave off the bout.
“I feel I am getting better and better, hitting harder and getting bigger,” said Smith in a post-fight interview. “I prepared for a tough night, he’d never been stopped before, and he’s European champion, but Joe Gallagher said he would try to come on early so I was ready for that and I hurt him with every counter. I do believe when I put those little gloves on I can hurt anyone.
“I’d like to fight for the World title in September, but if I have to wait then so be it. I’m only 25, and I am improving all the time. Every time I step up I win so why not keep going.”
Eddie Hearn, Smith’s promoter, is confident of the power his fighter possesses and insists he will achieve great things.
“Callum is the real deal,” said Hearn. “He’ll dominate the Super-Middleweight division for years to come. He’s going to fight for the World title, and he’s going to win it. He’s only going to get better and better. Badou Jack won’t want to fight Callum; he just demolished Mohoumadi – Jack won’t stand up to that force. He’s got freakish power, and he’s a scary, scary man. He makes the weight easy so let him dominate this division now.”
Earlier in the evening Tom Doran and Luke Keeler squared off in a rematch of their Prizefighter semi-final from last year; however, this time, the WBC International title was at stake.
Keeler caught Doran in the first round sending him to the canvas with a huge right hand. Doran found his way to his feet and managed to survive the ensuing assault only to return fire with some vicious left hooks that gave Keeler a taste of the canvas. Keeler was also able to recover and survive the round.
In the second round, Doran landed another mean left sending Keeler back to the canvas. Keeler, rose once again, however, Doran quickly went in for the kill, landing a flurry of punches and forcing the referee to wave the bout off.
Scotty Cardle and Sean Dodd followed with another rematch, this time, for the British lightweight title, with Dodd, once again coming close to claiming the belt with the fight ending a majority draw.
It was a closely fought affair with two judges scoring the bout a draw and one scoring the fight 116-114 for Cardle.
Next up was Rocky Fielding, who bounced back from his loss to Callum Smith last November with a split decision victory over Frenchman, Christopher Rebrasse. Fielding also takes home the WBC International strap.
Fielding fought well in the first round but found himself in trouble in the second round when Rebrasse landed a series of rights leaving Fielding on the canvas. Fielding was able to recover and regroup with his aggression and nice combinations helping him secure a victory with two judges scoring the contest 114-113 for Fielding and one judge scoring it 115-113 for Rebrasse.
“That’s the most important win of my career,” said Fielding. “I had to dig so deep. He’s very tough – I got up, I shook it off and dug deep to come back. I’ve been working so hard in the gym and having tough spars with Martin Murray, and I used that grit and determination to get through that one.”