Callum Smith (29-1, 21 KOs) is completing preparations for the fight with Pavel Stepin (18-0-1, 12 KOs). Their bout will be the main event of Matchroom Boxing on March 11 in Liverpool. For more than a year, the ex-world super middleweight champion has been preparing for performances under the guidance of American coach Buddy McGirt. According to Callum Smith, an experienced coach has changed him a lot in boxing.
“When we started our collaboration, for the first time in a long time, I got corrected from time to time. Buddy is still enthusiastic and pays attention to detail. We've been working hard and I feel like my movements in the ring, my punches and my position between attacks is now at a higher level than ever," he said.
Assessing his upcoming meeting with the Pole, the 32-year-old Briton highly appreciated his opponent.
“He is an undefeated boxer and you should always respect and beware of such fighters. I remember when I was undefeated, I believed that anyone can be defeated and no one can resist me. Stepin is probably going through the same period now, ”he added that Stepin had a great opportunity to take everything from him.
"If he defeats me, he will take everything from me, my rating and the right to fight for the world title. But this will not happen, I will be at the top. I believe that if I am in shape, I can defeat anyone in the boxing world" - considers the British boxer.
Recall that in 2022, Callum Smith had only one fight in which he defeated Mathieu Boderlik. The Briton is the official contender for the WBC light heavyweight title. If he loses to Stepin, he will lose the right to fight for the championship belt.