Callum Smith is a professional boxer from the United Kingdom.
Callum John Smith grew up on an estate near Anfield Stadium, directly across from the Rotunda ABC gym. His family consisted of his parents, three brothers (Paul 1982, Stephen 1985, and Liam 1988), and two sisters (Chloe 1994, Hollie 2000). Callum’s childhood was similar to many others in that he spent most of his time playing football with friends and watching TV shows.
From 2018 to December 2020, he held the WBA (Super) and Ring magazine super-middleweight titles, as well as the British and European super-middleweight titles at the regional level between 2015 and 2017. In 2018, he won the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight tournament, taking home the Muhammad Ali trophy.
He was ranked fourth best active super-middleweight in the world by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, second by BoxRec, and third by The Ring as of April 2021. He is the youngest of the Smith brothers, all of whom are professional boxers (Paul, Stephen, and Liam).
Smith competed as an amateur for Rotunda ABC in Liverpool, where he won the 2010 Great Britain welterweight title, the 2011 Great Britain Middleweight title, and GB Boxing internationally.
Smith upheld family tradition by winning a silver medal in the welterweight division at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, following brothers Paul, who also won silver at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, and Stephen, who claimed a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.
Smith joined the professional ranks in October 2012, under the promotional banner of Matchroom Sport, and, like his brothers, was coached by Manchester-based trainer Joe Gallagher. On November 17, 2012, it was announced that he would make his debut on the undercard of Carl Froch vs. Yusaf Mack at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena. In his debut, he defeated Dan Blackwell by a clear points margin over four rounds.
Callum Smith vs Patrick Mendy
Callum Smith defeated Patrick Mendy in a British record sixth first-round stoppage on September 21, 2013, to win the vacant English super-middleweight title. Smith won the vacant WBC International super-middleweight title on October 26th by sixth-round knockout over Ruben Eduardo Acosta (27–8, 10 KOs).
Callum Smith vs Christopher Rebrasse
Smith returned to Echo Arena for the fifth time in his professional career on June 26 to face French boxer Christopher Rebrasse (23–3–3, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBC Silver super-middleweight title. The fight lasted twelve rounds, with the judges scoring it (120–107, 118–110 twice) in Smith’s favour.
Callum Smith vs Luke Blackledge
Smith announced that he would fight again before the end of the year while waiting for a world title shot. The fight would take place on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs. Éric Molina at the Manchester Arena on December 10th. Smith was set to defend his Lonsdale title against mandatory challenger Luke Blackledge (21–2–2, 7 KOs).
Smith successfully defended his British super-middleweight title in the tenth round, stopping Blackledge. Smith knocked Blackledge out in rounds three and eight with big power shots, but Blackledge was knocked out in the tenth round with a left hook to the head.
On July 6, 2017, it was announced that Smith would compete in the inaugural World Boxing Super Series, with the winner receiving prize money and the Muhammad Ali Trophy.
Callum Smith vs. Erik Skoglund
Smith confirmed the fight would take place on September 16, 2017 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on July 19, 2017. It would also be the series’ first fight. Smith also admitted that Skoglund is the best boxer he would fight on paper. Skoglund, who has previously fought in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Germany, stated that he has no reservations about travelling to England to prove himself.
Smith knocked Skoglund out in the eleventh round to win the fight by unanimous decision in a hard-fought and exciting contest. Smith won the fight by scores of 116–112, 117–110, and 117–111, advancing to the next round of the tournament and claiming the vacant WBC Diamond belt.
Callum Smith vs. George Groves
On July 27, Sauerland announced that the fight would take place on September 28, 2018, in a 10,000-person arena at the King Abdullah Sports City Complex in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The prize money for the final was revealed to be £6.1 million, with the winner receiving a larger percentage.
Smith defeated Groves via seventh-round KO after a close fight that saw the fighters tied on the judges’ scorecards.
Callum Smith vs John Ryder
Smith defended his WBA super middleweight belt for the second time on November 23, 2019, against domestic rival John Ryder, who was ranked #1 by the WBA and #4 by the WBC.
Smith won a slightly contentious decision by a wide margin of 117-111 and 116-112 on the scorecards. However, Ryder delivered an outstanding performance, with the majority of fans and media outlets believing he won the fight.
Callum Smith vs Canelo Alvarez
Smith defended his WBA super middleweight and The Ring super middleweight titles against Canelo Alvarez on December 19, 2020. The WBC super-middleweight title was also up for grabs. Smith was knocked out in twelve rounds by Canelo and never seemed to be able to hurt him with his shots. Canelo won by scores of 117-111 and 119-109 on two occasions.
Professional record summary
|28 fights||27 wins||1 loss|
As of 2021, Callum Smith’s net worth is predicted to be $8 million. In addition, he earned an estimated $4 million from his battle with Canelo Alvarez in 2020.
Smith’s strong interest in charity stems from the fact that his younger sister, Hollie, is autistic. As a result, ‘Mundo’ has made donations to several organisations that educate children with Autism.
For all of his fights, the champion wears shorts with the term “Autism” emblazoned on them. Smith donated £1000 to the Morson Group in 2019, where his sister Hollie has been for several years.
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