Luke Campbell faces an awkward opponent in Scott Moises says Mitchell Smith
By Dev Trehan. Last Updated: 21/02/14 4:02pm
Luke Campbell: Facing potentially awkward customer in Scott Moises
Luke Campbell cannot afford to be complacent against Scott Moises on Saturday according to undefeated super-featherweight Mitchell Smith who was taken the distance by the Norfolk fighter on his last outing.
Campbell faces Moises in an eight-round lightweight contest in his hometown of Hull - with the Olympic gold medallist looking to extend his perfect record as a professional to five straight victories.
And 21-year-old Smith, who defeated Moises to claim the vacant Southern Area super-featherweight title last September, believes Campbell faces a potentially tricky encounter at the Hull Ice Arena this weekend.
"Scott is obviously coming up a weight to lightweight to box Luke, but having shared a ring with him I do think he'll cause Luke Campbell problems, I really do," Smith told skysports.com. "He's very much underrated and when it's time for me to vacate the Southern Area super-featherweight title I think he could be the next in line for it.
"Scott's one of those opponents that could cause anyone trouble and it's definitely a step-up for Luke compared to his first few opponents.
"Luke has boxed now at a high level for a number of years so he knows the importance of staying focused, but it's one of those fights where he can't afford to underestimate Scott Moises because he will definitely come to win.
"He's going turn up and he's really going to fancy the fight against Luke Campbell, he really is."
Moises, who is trained by Graham Everett and former British and European lightweight champion Jon Thaxton, stands at over six feet tall and Smith insists this makes him a potentially tricky opponent for Campbell.
"Personally, I think Scott is capable of giving anyone on the British circuit problems, including British champions," Smith said.
"He's a good fighter and a very awkward and durable opponent. He's very tall and because he has long elbows and such long arms he's very hard to hit around the body.
"It's very important for Luke to stay composed and do what he does best. He should come through and win the fight but I think it will be a good test for him and I think Scott will push him."
Smith is in action himself on Saturday, taking on undefeated Welsh super-featherweight champion Mark Evans at Bethnal Green's York Hall.
The Harrow Weald boxer hopes to get another win under his belt and insists he just wants to continue developing as a fighter.
"My aim is just to get a good win this Saturday and try and stay active and busy for the rest of the year," he said.
"I don't want to try and do too much too soon but if I can claim another title towards the end of the year - either an English title or an international title - I'll be happy."