The Smith family will be heartbroken after suffering the hangover of eldest brother Paul’s bitter defeat to Arthur Abraham. However, after the wounds begin to heal and water flows under the bridge they will realise that 2015 will be their break out year in boxing.
Patience for the Smith brothers
They say good things come to those who wait, and the patience and perseverance of the Smith brother could be repaid with the biggest prizes of all next year. The coming calendar year will certainly help define the careers of all four Smith brothers.
In spite of Paul Smith’s spirit crushing defeat to Abraham, his classy display will ensure he gets another crack at a world title in 2015.
At this very moment, Smith’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, is busy lobbying the WBO to makes sure that Smith is reinstated as the mandatory challenger for Abraham’s belt. He may not be granted an immediate rematch, but his mandatory status will allow him the chance to realise his dreams of becoming a world champion at some stage next year.
It is widely believed that King Arthur will defend his crown against the winner of the forthcoming clash between Robert Stieglitz and Felix Sturm. Regardless of who is in the possession of the title, Smith will be confident he can tear it from them in his next date with destiny.
Furthermore, the youngest of the Smith brothers, 24 year old Callum, will also be hoping to secure a shot at glory in the super middleweight division in the near future. Smith, widely considered to be one of the brightest young fighters in world boxing, will fight in an official WBC title eliminator on the undercard of the Tony Bellew vs Nathan Cleverly rematch in November, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool.
If he emerges from that contest unscathed, the scene will be set for a domestic blockbuster between him and George Groves, who is now the mandatory challenger for Anthony Dirrell’s WBC belt.
Anthony Dirrell has been curiously non committal on a contest with Groves, who he deems undeserving of a shot at his title after suffering two knockout defeats to Carl Froch in the last 12 months. In any event, Dirrell has an optional defence which may pave the way for a European title fight between Groves and Callum Smith next year.
‘Mundo’ Smith has declared that he is ready and willing for a dust up with Groves, but will Groves want to risk a fight with the formidable Smith before he secures a shot at the Dirrell’s title? I highly doubt it, but regardless of whether he faces Groves or Dirrell, Callum Smith should definitely get to fight for the WBC belt in 2015.
Also the second of the Smith brothers, 29-year-old super featherweight Steven, will see his upcoming contest on the undercard of Bellew and Cleverly as his final audition before fighting for the WBC 130lb title in 2015. Coincidentally, the current champion, Japanese fighter Takashi Miura, will defend his belt against Dante Jardon on the same night as Smith appears on the Bellew and Cleverly card on November 22.
The way the cards are falling it looks like Steven Smith, who is the WBC silver champion, may not have to wait too long before facing the winner of the Miura vs Jardon bout. Providing he avoids defeat in his next fight, Steven may well be the first member of his famous boxing family to taste the sweetness of world title success.
Reigning British and Commonwealth light-middleweight champion, Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith will contest the vacant IBF inter-continental title later this month against a yet to be announced opponent in Liverpool. There is no doubt that 26-year-old Liam, currently ranked number 11 in the IBF rankings, faces the toughest route to the top, but if he secures the inter-continental strap then he should move into the top ten.
After that, his path to glory will get treacherous as he will have to face some top level competition to continue his rise up the rankings. However, having a promoter as powerful as Hearn will do him no harm, and if he has a busy year and remains unbeaten in 2015, then he will be on the brink of a world title shot.
Regardless of all the ifs, buts and maybes 2015 will probably be the biggest year in the boxing lives of the Smith Brothers.
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