In Nuremberg, Germany, the second semi-final of the world boxing super series was decided as Callum Smith and Neiky Holzken faced off to decide who would contest George Groves for the Ali Trophy in the super middleweight final this summer.
It was Callum Smith who started brightly, dominating the early rounds while Holzken showed despite being a late replacement he was not there just to make the numbers up trying to headhunt Smith and land a knockout shot, however, despite his efforts was largely kept at the end of Smith’s jab.
Through four rounds it was Smith who racked up the points, however as the fight progressed Holzken began to land some punches of his own and landed a flush left hook counter that gained the attention of the crowd in the fourth.
In round 5, Holzken began to really bring the pressure and arguably won his first round of the fight landing some nice combinations to the body and head, in round 6 Smith boxed well off the back foot, frequently landing jabs and counters, bagging the round comfortably.
Rounds 7-8 Smith again boxed well utilising his jab to outpoint the former kickboxer Holzken and bag more rounds, in round 9-10 Holzken came out and began to turn the fight into the firefight he wanted, however, Smith held firmly.
In the 12th and final round it was clear Holzken needed a knockout if he was to advance to the final, and he came looking for just that, regardless of the result Holzken had surpassed most peoples expectations, going the distance with Smith and making the fight competitive was not really expected of him when the bell sounded for the first round. He could hold his head high, he has just given a great account of himself given the circumstances.
The judge’s scorecards were in and all three scored in favour of Callum Smith 118-110, 117-111, 117-111, he was through to the final of the world boxing super series via unanimous decision. He will now face George Groves to decide the winner of the world boxing super series super middleweight division.