Callum Smith Admits It’s Hard To Accept He’s Not The Best
Callum Smith says he will have to take some time to consider his boxing future after he suffered a stoppage loss to Artur Beterbiev on Saturday.
Smith entered the fight as the betting underdog but he says coming back from this loss will be harder to deal with than the Canelo Alvarez stoppage loss. He entered the fight with confidence that he was the best boxer and now, he says he has questions over his future.
“I’m disappointed. I’m used to being the best. I believed I was the best and to accept that I’m not is a hard one to take. The better man won tonight. He stopped me getting into my rhythm. He’s good at just touching, touching and he stopped me getting any momentum,” Smith said to Sky Sports after the fight. “He’s a bit like my brother Liam. He’s just always constantly touching, it’s just that his touching is a little bit harder. He’s stopped me but up until the knockdown I didn’t feel anything power wise. It’s more that he’s constantly touching you and stopping you getting any sort of rhythm. No excuses. The better man won tonight. My performance wasn’t the best but he’s a good champion. He turned up and done what he’s meant to do.”
With the loss to Artur Beterbiev, Callum Smith dropped to 29-2 as a pro. With Smith losing, it’s uncertain where he will go from here and he says he will spend time with his family as he mulls over his future.
“I’ve always set the bar very high. I’ve always wanted to be the best. I’ve always believed I was the best and now it’s hard to take that I’m not,” Smith said. I’ve got an amazing family at home. I give a lot to boxing. I think win or lose, I didn’t want to stay in boxing for a long time. I’m not making any decisions but it’s time to assess the future and see if I’ve got any goals that motivate me to go back to the gym. If not, we’ll see. I’m going to go and spend time with my family. I’ve been a little bit quiet over Christmas. I’ve got two little ones at home and I’ve missed them this week so I’m going to go and spend some time with my family and then we’ll see what the future holds.”
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