By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
STEPHEN SMITH is looking to create more history for the famous boxing family from Liverpool tonight.
The Scouse super-featherweight takes on IBF champion Jose Pedraza at Foxwoods Resort, tucked away among the forests of Connecticut in America.
The 30-year-old is looking to join brother Liam – the WBO light-middleweight champion – as Britain’s only ever brothers to win world titles.
And the remarkable achievement could be bettered within 12 months with the youngest Callum in line for a shot of the WBC super-middleweight title and the eldest Paul still sniffing around for another world title fight.
“It is 100 percent possible [that all can be world champions], we wouldn’t be in the game if we couldn’t be world champions,” said Smith ahead of his clash with unbeaten Puerto Rican Pedraza.
“It is a very realistic aim, Liam is world champion, I will win mine and you only have to look at the way Callum is coming on, he could be world champion as soon as he gets the opportunity.”
There is only one family in boxing to have ever had three world champions and that is Kameda siblings of Koki, Daiki and Tomoki from Japan.
“To have three brothers as world champion within 12 months would be an incredible achievement,” Smith said.
The Liverpool brothers already created history by claiming all winning the British titles in their respective weights.
Joe Gallagher trains all four in Bolton and the coach constantly calls for more acclaim for their outstanding achievements.
“We are very close as brothers, but I hear Joe saying it a lot that we don’t get the individual acclaim that we should do,” Smith said.
“But at the end of the day, the achievements we are making as a family are more unheard of.
“If I go and win a world title, I could be one of 13 British world champions which is still a massive achievement for me personally but is more that I’m the second brother to win it.
“That makes it more of a story. I understand why we are mentioned more as a package.”
Stephen was arguably the most talented amateur out of the four, but had to work hardest to transform his style to suit the professional game.
There was one hiccup along the way when he was knocked out by Welshman Lee Selby in 2011 before he went on to win the IBF featherweight title.
Smith promptly moved up to super-featherweight and has slowly rebuilt himself, but now he is ready to achieve his dream in his 25th fight.
“Since I lost I said I would come back and achieve my dream of being world champion,” he added.
“I have had to be patient but I believe everything happens for a reason and now the time is right.”