” Callum Smith will defend his WBA super-middleweight world title against Hassan N’Dam on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The bout will take place as part of Anthony Joshua’s undercard when he takes on Andy Ruiz Jr, with Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon, Josh Kelly vs Ray Robinson and Tommy Coyle vs Chris Algieri also confirmed for the show.
2 Callum Smith (25-0, 18 KOs) is the WBA champion and also holds the WBC ‘diamond’ and Ring Magazine belts The 29-year-old claimed the title by knocking out George Groves in seven rounds last September and has not fought since due to the birth of his daughter. Now, however, Smith is ready to return and will take on 35-year-old French-Cameroonian N’Dam, who is expected to be overmatched, given he’s moving up in weight to take the bout.
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To have my first defence at MSG is going to be special and it’s another box ticked for me personally. “People call it the Mecca of boxing and I’ve always seen it as a venue that I’d love to fight at one day. 2 Hassan N’Dam is 37-3 (21 KOs) “N’Dam is a good fighter. He’s only lost to three top fighters and he’s got some great wins on his record. “I had him over in England to help me prepare for George Groves so we know each other well.
He’s a good mover, has good footwork and can move around the ring pretty well. “Experience is on his side and he’s an awkward guy to face. Saying that, he’s definitely a fighter that I should beat and get rid of if I’m on my game. “I believe that I’m the best super-middleweight in the world.
If I am the best, then I should be able to get rid of Hassan N’Dam and look good doing it.” ” ” James Milner has revealed Lionel Messi called him a ‘donkey’ after the pair came to blows in Liverpool’s first-leg Champions League semi-final match against Barcelona. Liverpool lost the match at Camp Nou 3-0, with Messi scoring two of their goals, but the Reds staged a minor miracle to overturn the deficit at Anfield to win 4-0 and progress to the final in Madrid.
2 Messi and Milner came to blows repeatedly throughout the semi-final tie And Milner, 33, has revealed the Argentine was furious after he clattered him onto the touchline. “He wasn’t happy,” Milner told the Mail. “He was giving me plenty in Spanish going down the tunnel at half-time as well. He was calling me ‘burro’.
It translates as donkey but I think it’s also used in Spanish football as a general term for someone who goes around kicking people. “I asked him if he was all right, but he wasn’t having it.https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Beckham I don’t think he realised I understood his Spanish. He said: “That foul you did, that’s because I nutmegged you”.
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Look, I’ve only got admiration for him. He has earned the right to say what he wants.” Milner was ridiculed by fans after being nutmegged by Messi while playing for Manchester City in 2015, but he insisted it did not get the better of him ahead of the match in Barcelona. “The stuff he did in that game, stuff he has done his whole career, it makes him tough to play against. If you try and stop him, you can’t be scared of being made to look foolish.
I’ve done it. I’ve been nutmegged by him and it has been viewed a million times. 2 Milner clattered Messi onto the touchline at Camp Nou “I wasn’t the first and I won’t be the last.
He’s an incredible player. “But with players like that, you have to let them know you’re there and not let them have everything their own way. “You just need to try to disrupt their rhythm. You don’t want to hurt him but it’s a physical game and, if he’s running the game, you try and knock him out of his stride. It’s part of the game, the mental side.” Milner and Liverpool face Tottenham in the Champions League final on June 1 – a match you can follow live on talkSPORT. “