Callum Smith vs. John Ryder

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Callum Smith 168 lbs beat John Ryder 168 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

  • WBA Super World Super Middleweight Title (2nd defense of Smith)
  • WBC Diamond Super Middleweight Title (4th defense of Smith)
  • The Ring Magazine Super Middleweight Title (2nd defense of Smith)

Bout Summary

Callum Smith beat John Ryder on points at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night to retain his world super-middleweight titles. However, the manner of victory was highly controversial, as many believe the scorecards were too favourable towards Smith, who looked sub-par. Ryder came into the bout as the underdog, but put in a brilliant performance to frighten the Liverpudlian. It was a close fight in Smith’s hometown, and despite the hefty size difference in the champion’s favour Ryder was able to get in behind the jab and land significant punches. However, Smith kept his cool and continued attempting to keep him at range, despite being cut above his right eye. Ryder managed to keep his pressure levels high and caused problems for Smith, who looked to be within moments of losing the world titles he beat George Groves for last year. As the final bell rang, both fighters held their hands aloft, believing they had done enough to win what was clearly a close fight. Despite many believing Ryder had nicked the fight by a couple of rounds, the judge’s scorecards were read out heavily in Smith’s favour. The scores were 117-111, 116-112, 116-112 all in favour of Smith, who retained his world titles and now looks set to go on and fight Saul Alvarez next year. Fight fans were enraged with the decision and took to Twitter to question how it had been scored so wide. At a point, the word ‘Robbery’ was the number one trending topic on the social media platform. [1]


  • Both fighters suffered cuts over the right eye during the fight.

Preceded by:
Smith vs. N'Jikam
WBC Diamond Super Middleweight Title Fight
# 5
Succeeded by: