Matthew Baudelaire will return to the ring on Saturday 20 August in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Full of ambition, he faces England’s Callum Smith in the WBC Light Heavyweight Semi-Final.
Since September 2021, and his European title against Russian Igor Mikhalkin, Matteo Bauderlik has not fought. So the 33-year-old has only one desire: to get back in the ring: “I want to box, have fun. I’ve been depriving myself of the pressure on myself, and I don’t want to miss the action.”
An event that promises to be explosive. The Frenchman fights for Anthony Joshua’s rematch card against Oleksandr Usyk for the world heavyweight belt. The English star was beaten by the Ukrainian last year.
The battle takes place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in a Super Dome which can hold 35,000 people. But Matthew Boderlik, a bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio Games, refuses to admire: “In terms of vision, boxing on a card like that, you can’t dream of anything better. And then you can bring in sponsors. But she’ll have to ignore him, and keep going. Focus on the end result.”
Intensive preparation away from home
To prepare, Mathieu Baudelic left his habits and small room at Hénin Beaumont for an apprenticeship in Canada. Six weeks with fellow training Samuel Décarie, during which he benefited from the presence of high-level competitor partners. “I left my family for two months, and never saw them again because they went on vacation in the meantime. It’s hard to get out of your comfort zone, but we know why we work this way, we’ve put everything in place Be prepared for it, we are tuned like Ferraris, And we know it’s all in the details.”
Bauderlik as a stranger
The face of the northern boxer: England’s Callum Smith, who has not fought since last September either. English is slightly longer than French, about 6 centimeters. He is above all more experienced, with 28 wins for one defeat in 2020 against Canelo Alvarez. Matthew Boderlik is not a favorite, and this suits him perfectly: “I’d rather be the least expectant, I have less pressure. I know defeat, I have nothing to lose, in 40 minutes my life can change.”
The boxer is ready to fight, and his training assistant, Mohamed Nishan, has been preparing him for several months for the event. The latter is confident, despite the looming difficult confrontation: “Of course the tactic, the way to act in the ring will be determined, we have worked a lot on the means of defense. But in the end, there is no miracle, you have to get the dynamite out, and he knows how to do.
Mathieu Bauderlique will have to achieve a perfect score to win against Callum Smith in one of the most important fights of his career. If he beats the 32-year-old Englishman, he will have the chance to take on Russian-Canadian Arthur Bertibev, the champion of his class.