by Dominic Hadi
Siblings in sport is no new phenomenon. From the Williams sisters owning the tennis court to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones always having his brothers Arthur and Chandler by his side when they are not excelling in their own careers in the NFL (Arthur has now retired). But what you don’t see all the time is four brothers, not only having exceptional boxing careers, but all at one time holding the British title in their respective weight class.
To say the Smith brothers are a true boxing lineage would be an understatement. Even in the amateur game Paul (38-7), Stephen (25-4), Liam (26-2-1) and Callum (25-0) picked up ABA titles. And while they all have their own accomplishments in the sport, eyes have certainly been on youngest brother Callum in recent times. The 28 year old travelled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in September of last year to dethrone George Groves, being crowned not only the new Super WBA Super-Middleweight Champion, he also became one of a selective bunch so far to win the World Boxing series title, taking home the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy.
This caused a stir as to who Callum may face next, with the likes of Saunders and Golovkin being thrown out there. However, the most intriguing name was that of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (51-1-2). Canelo has history with the Smith clan, taking on and defeating Liam via 9th round KO back in 2016 to claim the WBO Super-Welterweight title in the process. This type of history certainly sets up a potential, enticing grudge match for the future between Alvarez and the youngest Smith.
That loss to Alvarez marked the first for Liam Smith professionally, since then going 4-1 in his last five. In his latest bout, for his former WBO Super-Welterweight strap, he dropped a decision to Jaime Munguia in July last year. Following this latest set back Smith decided it was time to change things up for the next stage of his career, moving away from long time promoter Frank Warren to join his brothers Callum and Stephen under the Matchroom Boxing banner.
With this career change, Liam Smith has the ability to approach the next chapter of his career in a new capacity, both domestically and internationally under Eddie Hearn and Matchroom starting with this Saturday where he headlines a stacked card against the always exciting Sam Eggington. The fact there are three titles on the line that night shows how much Matchroom are pushing the scouse scrapper – having Smith top the bill in a bid to push him back up the rankings and putting him in contention at world title glory once again.
At thirty years old Liam Smith is by no means an old man, he is as game as they come and will never shy from a challenge, but he will need an exciting display on Saturday and with eleven thousand fans in the Arena, you best believe Smith will feel the love as he makes the walk.
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