Callum Smith Set to Return on Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk’s Undercard

Published 08/18/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) and Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


Ever since his loss to the P4P king, Canelo Alvarez, Callum Smith has failed to be the center of attraction in boxing. However, he’s now all set to make his highly awaited return to the squared circle on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Brit will fight on the magnetic Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard. However, he will return at the light heavyweight frame. But who is he actually facing?

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As per Boxing Scene, ‘Mundo’ will battle out Lenin Castillo in his debut 175-pound bout. Also, there can’t be a better opportunity for the duo to pull off a show, as Joshua vs Usyk‘s fight will have the attention of the entire world.

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Smith made his last ring appearance in December 2020 against the Mexican boxing star, Canelo Alvarez. Walking into this contest, he had an immaculate track record. Also, despite being the underdog, he had enough support from fans around the world.

But when the actual fight took place, it was all about Canelo hammering the lanky fighter. The latter had minor moments in this encounter, but that just wasn’t enough for him to triumph over Saul Alvarez.

Canelo showed his crucifying power and controlled proceedings. On the other hand, as ‘Mundo’ failed to land his powerful blows, he ended up losing his very first professional bout. Now, taking that loss on his chin, Smith has now moved ahead to get his career back on track.

Can Callum Smith find some success at the light-heavyweight frame?

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Smith already displays an eye-catchy physique, and he generates power effectively with the help of it. However, as the light-heavyweight division boasts of some solid knockout artists, the Brit will have his work cut out.

Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Callum Smith is introduced before his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout against Canelo Alvarez at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Callum Smith can definitely find success in this weight class because of his physical characteristics. However, he’ll just have to come out with a tactical approach and eventually fuse it with an aggressive approach to counter his adversaries.

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His game plan will be worth the watch and it’ll be intriguing to see if he really resurrects his position. What do you make of this Smith’s move to light-heavyweight?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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