Callum Smith beats John Ryder on points

Callum Smith was really challenged by John Ryder, but managed to win by unanimous decision and retain his WBA super-middleweight title in Liverpool.

Hopes were high in Smith’s home city for a big win but he was pushed hard by the Londoner and it seemed after 12 rounds the decision would be close.

However, the three judges scored it 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112 to Smith.

Smith defended the title for a second time after beating Hassan N’Dam in New York in June.

“I was probably sulking because I knew it was not my best performance,” Smith, who extended his unbeaten record to 27-0, told BBC Radio 5 live.

“I thought it was a little bit too easy early on and I don’t know if it was his game plan to finish strong and it made it awkward.

“I am very disappointed in myself, I am a perfectionist. I knew it was close but I never thought I was behind.”

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