British super middleweight Callum Smith seems destined to be a big player on the world stage after scoring a devastating victory over previously undefeated Rocky Fielding on Merseyside.
The 25 year-old improved to 18-0 with a first-round stoppage by dropping Fielding three times on his way to picking up the vacant Lonsdale Belt and becoming the last of four fighting brothers to claim the UK crown.
Callum joined siblings Paul, Stephen, and Liam in picking up the British title to create a piece of history that will take some beating and further cement the family’s place amongst the elite of all-time on home soil.
It took Smith just two minutes and forty-five seconds to get the job done in front of a packed house at the Liverpool Echo Arena as the rangy puncher made it 13 knockouts with a powerful display that clearly shocked Fielding to the core.
Both men came out swinging from the off, tactics that would have please Smith’s coach Joe Gallagher and saw Fielding on the wrong end of a stand-off that had ‘Rocky from Stocky’ down within a few moments of the opening bell.
Fighting fire with fire, Fielding came back over the next minute or so but was caught by a sweet shot coming in that ultimately spelled the beginning of the end and had referee Phil Edwards taking closer order.
A third knockdown was all it took, and Smith could celebrate with his family members in the ring as Fielding’s loyal following was forced to process what they had just witnessed – seemingly within the blink of an eye.
Considering Smith’s age and his career performances so far, ‘Mundo’ looks destined for a successful run at 168 pounds, with a world title eliminator – potentially against three-time world title challenger George Groves, on the cards for 2016.