John Ryder vs Callum Smith Live: The WBA (super) super middleweight championship will be decided Saturday, Nov. 23 from Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
It’s not the big fight Callum Smith was looking for, but it’s an opportunity to continue to grow as he puts the WBA (super) super middleweight championship on the line against fellow Englishman John Ryder on Saturday, Nov. 23 from Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
Smith (26-0, 19 KOs) made himself into a household name in 2018 by plowing through the World Boxing Super Series, punctuated by a seventh-round knockout of George Groves in September of last year to win the Muhammad Ali trophy and the WBA belt, establishing himself as one of the top super middleweights in the world.
Smith last competed back in December on the Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding undercard, where he pummeled Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam via third-round TKO to successfully defend the title for the first time. The 29-year-old has been looking to secure bouts with either Alvarez, IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin or WBO super middleweight titleholder Billy Joe Saunders. One of the reasons those fights haven’t come to fruition is the fact the WBA mandated that Smith defend the championship against Ryder.
The 31-year-old Ryder (28-4, 16 KOs) earned the title opportunity by winning four consecutive fights, all by stoppage, since his loss to Fielding in April 2017. Ryder knows the plans that lie ahead for Smith and is using that as fuel to spring the upset this weekend.
“I’m being overlooked, but he is the world champion and the city’s big dream of a show at Anfield,” said Ryder. “He is the front-runner, but I’m coming to cause the upset and, if I beat Smith, there will be no Anfield show. They might need to find a new headliner.”
Here’s a complete guide to Callum Smith vs. John Ryder.
WHEN IS CALLUM SMITH VS. JOHN RYDER?
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019
- Undercard: 2 p.m. ET
- Main event: 5 p.m. ET (approximate)
Smith is fighting for the first time in 2019, while Ryder steps into the ring for the second time this year. Smith and Ryder are expected to make their entrance into the ring at 5 p.m., but that’s tentative due to the undercard bouts, which could delay the main event.
SMITH VS. RYDER LIVE STREAM: HOW TO WATCH
Smith vs. Ryder won’t be available on television or pay-per-view. Fight fans in North America can sign up to watch the fight online on DAZN.
DAZN can be streamed on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.
If you don’t have a DAZN subscription then you can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, behind-the-scenes features and original shows — is $99.99 in the U.S. That averages out to a little over $8 a month. Those who prefer a monthly plan can sign up for $19.99 a month.
For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.
CALLUM SMITH VS. JOHN RYDER BETTING ODDS
According to SportsbookReview.com, Callum Smith opened as a -2500 favorite, which means you’ll need to bet $2,500 to win $100. Meanwhile, John Ryder is a +1400 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $1,400.
WHERE IS SMITH VS. RYDER?
Callum Smith vs. John Ryder will take place live at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
This marks the eighth time that Smith fights in his hometown arena. Ryder isn’t a stranger to the venue either, as he’ll competing there for the third time.
CALLUM SMITH RECORD AND BIO
- Name: Callum Smith
- Nationality: British
- Born: April 23, 1990
- Height: 6-3
- Reach: 78 inches
- Total fights: 26
- Record: 26-0 with 19 knockouts
JOHN RYDER RECORD AND BIO
- Name: John Ryder
- Nationality: British
- Born: July 19, 1988
- Height: 5-9
- Reach: 72 inches
- Total fights: 32
- Record: 28-4 with 16 knockouts
SMITH VS. RYDER FIGHT CARD
|Callum Smith vs. John Ryder||Super Middleweight||WBA (Super)|
|Craig Glover vs. Chris Billam-Smith||Cruiserweight||Commonwealth|
|Anthony Fowler vs. Harry Scarff||Jr. Middleweight|
|James Tennyson vs. Craig Evans||Lightweight|
|Tom Farrell vs. Sean Dodd||Jr. Welterweight|
|Thomas Whittaker Hart vs. Josip Perkovic||Light Heavyweight|
|Marcus Molloy vs. Aleksandrs Birkenbergs||Lightweight|
|Tom Aitchison vs. Matija Petrinic||Jr. Welterweight|