By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
PAUL SMITH always knew that his little brother Callum was a good bet to land the British super-middleweight belt in double quick time.
He was so confident he wagered £100 at odds of 40-1 that Callum would finish off Rocky Fielding inside the first round.
Callum did precisely that at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday to create history with a stunning knockout that earned brother Paul £4000.
The win means that all four of the Smith brothers – Liam and Stephen are the others - have now won a British title - a feat that is unlikely to ever be repeated.
After 18 straight wins as a professional, Callum is now a firm favourite to land a world title next year.
And big brother Paul said: “I put my money where my mouth was and backed Callum. And, boy oh boy, did he deliver the goods.”
Callum, at 25 the youngest of the four brothers from Liverpool, had fellow Scouser Fielding down three times in a blistering opening round.
After hitting the deck twice, Smith dropped him again and, although he rose to his feet, referee Phil Edwards called the fight off.
Paul said: “It was devastating stuff. Now he is definitely world title material. When the time comes, I’m having another bet.”
The victory could now catapult Smith into the mandatory position for WBC title holder Badou Jack who recently defeated George Groves.
Smith’s promoter Eddie Hearn said: “He is ready for a world title shot next year, that’s for sure.
“I’m pushing for him to be named the mandatory WBC challenger, where he is ranked No.1, as I believe he is one of the best super-middleweights in the world.”
Callum, said: “They just keep raising the bar and I follow them. It’s not pressure - it’s just an incentive to me.
“They all won British titles and now so have I. In addition, Liam has won the WBO world super-welterweight title so I will just set my sights higher again.”
Joe Gallagher, who trains all four brothers, said: “Callum has only been a pro for three years and what he has achieved is unbelievable.
“All four of them have done so much that there should be some kind of award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for Team Smith.
“They have created history and deserve the recognition. They are a credit to boxing and it’s a pleasure to train them all.”