Callum Smith Vs Nikola Sjekloca – Preview, Prediction and Betting Tip.


Callum Smith Vs Nikola Sjekloca

Preview, Prediction and Betting Tip.

Callum Smith will continue his journey towards a world title with a step up against a competent opponent in Nikola Sjekloca, Sjekloca has 28 wins and only 2 defeats to his name. Both defeats coming against world champions in Artur Abraham and Sakio Bika. both over the 12 round distance.

Against Abraham Sjekloca was particularly very competitive and was perhaps unlucky not to have been given even closer scorecards than the 112-116, 113-116 and 110-119 he received. This will certainly be an interesting fight to see where exactly Callum Smith is at this stage in his career. 

If Smith stops Sjekloca it would certainly be an impressive message to send to the division, Sjekloca is a world level fighter who has never been stopped and in my opinion could cause Smith plenty of problems if he comes in with a lacklustre performance. 

Sjekloca has a good solid jab and is comfortable fighting off the back foot or coming forward, he moves in and out of range well and stays fairly busy, however I get the impression from what I have seen of him he is not that comfortable fighting on the inside. 

Smith so far has looked a promising prospect and while its still early days at 24 years old, so far he looks most definitely capable of winning world honours, he is technically gifted and possesses power in both guns. He has a sickening body shot capable of stopping any fighter there and then. 

I think the issue with Sjekloca is he is not a big puncher so when he does have success will it be enough to keep a young hungry fighter like Smith honest. However I think this is by far Callum Smiths toughest test to date but I think he will come through this fight in a competitive 12 round contest that goes the distance. 

Ladbrokes have a final judgement market and Callum Smith is 3/1 to win by unanimous decision and I think there is some good value to be had in that price. 

Prediction: Callum Smith UD 

Boxing Tipster’s Bet: £10 on Callum Smith by unanimous decision 3/1 Ladbrokes