Boxing Preview – Callum Smith vs Christopher Rebrasse

Boxing Preview – Callum Smith vs Christopher Rebrasse

10pm) Callum Smith vs Christopher Rebrasse

This weekend is another full weekend of Boxing, headlined by the return of TImothy Bradley as he takes on Jessie Vargas, which we’ll cover later. I’ll first be turning my attention to the British card in Liverpool on Friday night. It’ll be headlined by the up-and-coming British super middleweight, Callum Smith, as he continues his journey to be recognised as one of the best Britain has to offer. He’ll be facing Christopher Rebrasse for the WBC Silver belt.

We believe Smith has what it takes, but that Rebrasse will take him the distance. Smith to win on points is currently 7/5 with 888 Sport. If you ‘Treble the Odds’ on that bet a £10 stake could return £72! Sign up by clicking here or the banner below.

Callum Smith is turning heads in the British Boxing community as he keeps recording some thrilling performances in the ring on his way to a 16 fight undefeated record with 12 wins coming by stoppage. Smith is the youngest of the four Smith brothers who are all professional Boxers, his brother Paul facing off against one of the best in the World in Andre Ward last weekend. Smith to me is head and shoulders above the rest, and will be the figurehead of British Boxing in less than five years along with Anthony Joshua. Smith has most recently earned a third round stoppage over Rafael Sosa Pintos in October 2014, got a dominating unanimous decision over Nikola Sjekloca in November 2014, before most recently stoppage Olegs Fedotovs in May 2015.

At this early stage in his career, Smith is showing off some skills and abilities which will surely make him a player on the World stage. He’s been blessed with a devastating shot in both his left and right hand, and he’s technically gifted with a powerful jab and he boxes well out of the guard. His body shot is sickening and can end a bout at any given moment. There’s not much that has been shown in weaknesses at the moment, however his experience is still in question when taking on bigger fighters, Rebrasse certainly has the resume to maybe pose Smith some problems.

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The Frenchman Rebrasse has largely gone under the radar, as for most of his career ,he has been competing in France in domestic competition, with a stint in Italy also. He is recognised for being George Groves’ first ‘tune-up’ opponent coming off his second loss to Carl Froch, and although Rebrasse lost by decision, he made Groves look very average and displayed some good defence and counter punching. This will be Rebrasse’s first contest of 2015. He stopped Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye in the fourth round in March 2014, lost to Groves by decision at Wembley Arena in September 2014, and most recently won a six round decision Istvan Orsos very convincingly in December 2014. He has won 23 of his 27 bouts, with three losses.

 

Rebrasse proved in the Groves tilt that he’s a tough job to get out of the squared circle with a solid chin and generally good defence. This is especially true with the testament that he’s never hit the canvas in his career. He’s got a long and stiff jab, and he’s very good and dictating the length and range. He boxes well out of a high guard. Rebrasse lacks a lot of power however with only six stoppages to his record which is a little concerning at super middleweight, and he has a relatively small stature meaning he’s liable to get pushed around a lot.

I think this bout is actually quite a good test for both competitors here. They’re both Boxing at a level which is fair for both of them, and it certainly poses a good challenge for each of them with the prospect of stepping up. That being said, Smith is on his way to bigger and better things, and with domestic superfights with Rocky Fielding and George Groves on the horizon, the fight is certainly set up for him to win, disregarding some unlikely meltdown. I think Smith uses his stature and deadly punching to cancel out any offence that Rebrasse has to offer. Despite his power and strength, a stoppage over Rebrasse would be a massive statement, and for that reason I think Callum Smith boxes his way impressively to a unanimous decision, throwing down the gauntlet for Rocky Fielding come September.

Dan Glozier.

 

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