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Callum Smith: The next British generation of the 168lb division

By Daniel Hughes: Fight fans the world over always look out for the next fighter they believe can make waves in their respective divisions here in the UK we have a real talent on our hands in Callum Smith.

The UK has always been blessed with competitive world level operators at either middle or super-middleweight Froch obviously has been our best in the 168lb division for some time. He has of course the rematch with Groves ahead of him who will go on to have a really good career at the top table of the 168lb division whichever way the rematch pans out that is for another day. Joe Calzaghe before him always kept the UK picture looking healthy in that division. We had of course a great domestic batch of fighters in the 90’s Eubank, Benn giving us some great nights on their own right let alone against each other.

The current UK scene we have of course George Groves, James DeGale behind Froch being the best known we currently have well the fighter to really make a statement soon enough will be the developing Liverpool 168lb operator Callum Smith 9-0 he could well be the name on everyone’s lips this time next year.

So what about him you would ask especially non UK fight fans?Smith is a tall rangy fighter with KO power in both hands so far in the pro’s he has shown different facets to his game in that respect. Smith is able to work from range then switches inside to great affect with brutal body shots.His last outing he claimed the international super-middleweight title with a 6 round dismantling of experienced Ruben Acosta he took his time broke his opponent down. The fact he got rounds under his belt after six consecutive 1st round wins will help his development. Smith is a work in progress but learning all the time hearing him talk he can be his own worst critic showing the ambition and hunger to achieve his dreams.The fighting path ahead of him he has a clear picture of what he want’s to be he is very grounded which will serve him well in the challenges ahead.

Smith from a fighting family of brothers that have all enjoyed good careers so far Paul,Stephen & Liam all British champions Paul campaigns in the same weight class the only current obstacle stopping Callum challenging for the domestic title.Paul Smiths next fight will be his attempt to win the Lonsdale belt outright the path will then be clear for his younger brother.

To come from a fighting family that has produced the talent it has one thing to become the best in that family brings about a healthy sibling rivalry they are a tight bunch.

Callum Smith at 23 is the youngest the most talented well even the other brothers say so themselves keep your eyes out for him his nickname is ‘Mundo’ Spanish for world that is what he is aiming for from his boxing career I for one think he will achieve that dream.

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