Hellraiser Boxing News | Smith vs Skoglund Results
Results from the Echo Arena, Liverpool, as Callum Smith and Erik Skoglund contested the first quarter final of the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight tournament. Both men were unbeaten going in.
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Callum Smith vs Erik Skoglund
12 Round Super Middleweight contest, World Boxing Super Series Quarter Final 1
A hard worked victory for Callum Smith, now 23-0 (17), against a solid and durable Erik Skogland, now 26-1 (12) who himself impressed at times in what was his first contest in the super middleweight division having previously campaigned at light heavyweight.
The Sauerlands arrived in Liverpool with the bold statement that the event will be, "Game of Thrones meets boxing", with this in mind one hoped the action in the ring would live up to this grand statement.
The opening few rounds saw both men air caution in what was both boxers' first outing in 2017.
With an impressive record of early stoppage victories, it was uncharacteristic of Smith who looked slow and ponderous in the opening exchanges until finding his range in the third and fourth rounds unleashing a right hand that forced Skogland into the neutral corner.
However the previously unbeaten Swede fought back courageously to finish the round well.
Seeded second in the tournament, Smith had stated that he had chosen to fight Skogland as he felt he was, "stylistically" the best fighter for him but must have been reconsidering this in the fifth round when a straight right bloodied his nose causing him to be temporarily backed onto the ropes.
Skogland visibly grew into the fight, his jab finding its mark repeatedly as his movement and ability to feint caused Smith problems.
Skogland picked up damage around the nasal area himself, caused by a stinging Smith right hand, which Callum followed up with a beautiful combination to put the former light heavyweight on the back foot.
In between rounds Mick "The Rub" Williamson continued to stem the blood flow from around the nose of the Liverpudlian whilst his trainer Joe Gallagher advised him to remain calm and be wary of Skogland coming forward looking to land a big right and to counter this by taking a step back and picking his own power punch.
Moments later this advice played dividend when in the 11th round a powerful right had Skogland's legs buckling before he was forced to touch the canvas. Rising to receive a standing eight count, he did well to weather the onslaught of Smith and make it into the final round.
Round twelve played out without any further drama in the way of knockdowns and both men embraced at the final bell to the rapturous applause of a feverish crowd.
Respect was clearly evident between both boxers and their camps when the scores of 116-112, 117-111, 117-110 were read out in favor of Smith his opponent clapped the judges unanimous decision verdict graciously.
Finally Callum was able to lift the WBC Diamond strap after being delayed for so long through the antics of the Dirrell camp which forced his hand into entering the World Super Series Tournament.
So far this decision seems to be an astute one although in the semi finals he will face the winner of the October 27th clash between Jurgen Braemar and Rob Brant.
Martin Murray v Armon Torasyan
8 rounds Super Middleweight Contest
When the event organisers contacted Martin Murray to see if he would be interested in providing support in case of any problems with the main event he had a dilemma. Would he fight at super middleweight or wait until possibly next year to fight at his preferred middleweight
Deciciding to fight he ended a five month hiatus from the ring. A decision that improved his record to 36-4-1 (17).
Armenian Torasyan who now resides in Germany was always out of his depth until a well executed body shot in the fourth round left him gasping for breath unable to answer the ten count.
Murray was the bigger man and bullied his opponent at times despite Torasyan showboating and suggesting Murray wasn't hurting him. To undermine this powerful shots to the head and body reverberated around the Echo arena as Murray landed his punches at will.
After being walked into the neutral corner Murray unleashed a blistering combination to the body leaving Torasyan unable to reach his feet before the ten count.
A dominant performance from the Fingerpost fighter as Torasyans record fell to 18-4-1 (15).
Posted: 18th Sep 2017
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