Smith vs Ryder: Callum Smith wants to test himself against the best after battling past John Ryder
After fighting past John Ryder in his homecoming struggle in Liverpool callum Smith wants a superb fight year.
Smith fought for the first time in front of the hometown fans world champion however, the WBAsuper super-middleweight holder was pushed all of the way by Ryder.
The Liverpudlian put his lacklustre performance down to a lack of fear of challenger Ryder, who had been a huge underdog, giving reach and height off.
I need the best names in the division and I am not disrespecting John Ryder but there was no fear yelling, Smith told Sky Sports afterwards.
I didnt believe John Ryder was great enough to overcome me. There are fighters that I believe that is likely to bring out the very best in me and are good enough to beat me who do not perform. Thats exactly what I want, I need the names.
I only want a big name, where if I turn up such as tonight I will lose. That fear brings out the best functionality in me, I believe I want .
Ryder, who was on the wrong aspect of a 117-111, 116-112, 116-112 choice, insists hell be back.
I believed that was unpleasant, said Ryder. I believed that I forced the fight, he had been only nicking rounds, in that case. I believed that I done enough to acquire this.
Ive lost for the British name three times, I have come back and fought for a world title against the world .
I believe I have done enough to demonstrate Im credible with this and that I will return.
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