Joe Gallagher calls for BBC ‘Team Smith’ recognition

Phil Jay 13/10/2015

UK trainer Joe Gallagher believes the recent crowning of Liam Smith as world champion is further proof that the success of the family as a whole should receive more recognition.

Gallagher oversaw a seventh round stoppage win over American John Thompson on Saturday night in Manchester that meant Liam beat boxing brothers Paul, Stephen and Callum to be the first sibling to win a world title.

Smith became the first Liverpool world champion in over 20 years when capturing the WBO super welterweight belt and Gallagher told WBN that he would like to see a lot more credit bestowed on the clan for their remarkable achievements.

Paul is a two-time British title holder and has fought for two world championships, whilst Stephen also held the Lonsdale Belt and recently won a final eliminator to cement a forthcoming world title shot in 2016.

Youngest brother Callum has already won the English title and now faces city rival Rocky Fielding for his chance to win the UK belt on November 7, something that Gallagher once again will hope to mastermind.

“The amount of stuff that family have done for boxing in the city, amateur and pro, it needs to be brought into the mainstream,” Gallagher told World Boxing News.

“If it was cricketers, rugby players or whatever, more would be done about so many brothers being so successful. Just because its boxing, I think even more should be done about it.”

The upcoming ballot for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year is to be announced soon and Gallagher is hopeful that the TV network would recognise the efforts of the Smith’s in their collective category at the end of the year.

“BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year has a team event and I think the brothers should be nominated as ‘Team Smith’ to acknowledge them in that category as there’s a world champion in Liam, Callum will beat his man up and Stephen has booked his world title shot, plus Paul has fought for a world title this year,” he said.