Belts on The Line
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Who won Smith vs Ryder?
Callum Smith beat John Ryder by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 23rd November 2019 at Echo Arena in Liverpool.
The scorecards were announced as 116-112, 117-111, 116-112 in favor of winner Callum Smith.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 168 pounds (12 stone or 76.2 KG).
This contest was for the WBA super middleweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard James Tennyson was victorious over Craig Evans, Anthony Fowler beat Harry Scarff, Craig Glover was overcome by Chris Billam-Smith for the CBC Commonwealth Cruiserweight title and Tom Farrell was defeated by Sean Dodd.
Smith vs Ryder stats
Callum Smith stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 26 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 19 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
John Ryder made his way to the ring with a record of 28 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 16 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Smith had advantage in power over Ryder, with a 73% knock out percentage over Ryder's 57%.
Callum Smith was the younger man by 2 years, at 31 years old.
Callum Smith fought out of the orthodox stance, while John Ryder was a southpaw.
Smith was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 6 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 2 year and 2 months later than Ryder, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 69 less professional rounds, 148 to Ryder's 217.
John Ryder was ranked number 1 by the WBA and 4 by the WBC in the 168lb division.
Smith vs Ryder form
Smith had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Hassan N’Dam on 1st June 2019 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their WBA Super World Super Middleweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat George Groves on 28th September 2018 by knockout in the 7th round in their WBA Super World Super Middleweight and The Ring Super Middleweight championship fight at King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Going into that contest, he had won against Nieky Holzken on 24th February 2018 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Bayern, Germany.
Before that, he had beat Erik Skoglund on 16th September 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
He had defeated Luke Blackledge on 10th December 2016 by technical knockout in the 10th round in their BBBOC British Super Middleweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
John Ryder had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Bilal Akkawy on 4th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their WBA Interim World Super Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Andrey Sirotkin on 27th October 2018 by knockout in the 7th round in their WBA Super World Super Middleweight championship fight at Copper Box Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Jamie Cox on 5th May 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at The O2 Arena, London.
Before that, he had beat Patrick Nielsen on 14th October 2017 by knockout in the 5th round at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London.
Hehad been beaten by Rocky Fielding on 22nd April 2017 by split decision in their BBBOC British Super Middleweight championship fight at Echo Arena, Liverpool.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, John Ryder had been fighting more than Callum Smith.
Going to this contest, Callum Smith had last fought 2 years, 4 months and 18 days ago, while John Ryder's last outing had been 2 years, 5 months and 15 days ago.
Smith's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 10 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 44 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.8 rounds on average.
Ryder's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 29 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.8 rounds on average.
What time did Smith vs Ryder start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM GMT at Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom, which was 4:00 PM EST or 1:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
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What were the odds on Smith vs Ryder?
Callum Smith was a 1/25 (-2499) favourite going into the contest, while John Ryder made his way into the ring at 183/25 (+732) with oddsmakers.