Callum Smith has campaigned in the professional code for less than two years, but he has already won two titles (the English and the WBC International) and he has despatched nine of his opponents inside the scheduled distance.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist has bludgeoned his way to a reputation as a fearsome hitter and, according to many pundits, he is a world champion waiting to happen. Promoted by Eddie Hearn (Matchroom boss), Smith has positively breezed through every obstacle to date and he has answered every question regarding his prowess as a prizefighter.
Impressive demolition jobs on respected opposition like Patrick Mendy and Tobias Webb left the British public crying out for a man who could withstand the concussive power, pinpoint accuracy and ferocious body punching of the imposing Smith.
The job fell at the feet of Vladine Biosse (now 15-4-2, 7KO's), a 32-year-old southpaw who had previously mixed with the likes of Denis Grachev and J Leon Love.
When the bout was made, people in the know anticipated a distance fight, or at best, a late stoppage for the rising star. 'Mundo' started positively and landed a succession of long straight right hands to the head that forced the visitor onto the ropes. Then came barrages of devilish blows to the torso of Biosse.
Biosse fought bravely throughout and even found the mark with a number of eye-catching swings of his own. Nevertheless, Smith stood firm and maintained composure and control to comfortably outbox and beat up his rock solid foe.
By earning a ten round unanimous decision, Smith proved beyond all doubt that he is capable of doing the rounds at a fast pace. He also banished worries about his ability to take a punch.
Keeping it in the Family
You could say boxing is in the lanky Liverpudlians blood, and you'd be right. Callum's older brothers; Paul, Stephen and Liam have all been successful in the amateur and professional ranks and all three have claimed British titles. The three of them actually held Lonsdale Belts concurrently in 2013.
The oldest of the famous fighting Smith brothers, Paul (35-3, 20KO's), is on the verge of landing a September 27th date with the WBO super middleweight world champion, Arthur Abraham, in Germany.
Whilst Stephen (20-1, 12KO's), known as 'Swifty', is closing in on his own dream world title bout and he will likely have to travel to the land of the rising sun to challenge Takashi Miura for the WBC super featherweight strap.
Light middleweight, Liam (16-0-1, 6KO's), will defend his British title for the second time in Manchester on July 26th against Jason Welborn. If, or when, Paul gets the Abraham gig, he will vacate the British title in order for his baby brother to challenge for it.
Callum will almost certainly meet fellow Merseyside fighter, Rocky Fielding, when the title becomes free and a huge domestic battle will capture the imagination of the die hard fans in the UK. Both men are quietly spoken and they both let their fists do the talking.
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