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Exclusive: Stephen Smith talks confirmed fights for brothers Paul, Liam and Callum

Joe Hewlett 22/05/2017

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Callum Smith won’t let frustration get in the way of his performance when he challenges for the world title, according to older brother Stephen Smith.

The youngest brother of the quartet is set to take on Anthony Dirrell for the vacant WBC super-middleweight title in Los Angeles on September 9.

“It’s took a while for Callum to get his chance, but he will finally get it later this year against tough opposition in Dirrell. It’s been a frustrating time for him as he’s been mandatory for quite a long time now. There was obviously a unification between Jack and DeGale that delayed his opportunity but he will now get his chance,” the 31-year-old exclusively told World Boxing News.

“He will be a little frustrated about how long it has taken but when he does step in the ring for the title I don’t think any of it will affect him. He’s one of the best super-middleweights in the world and I believe he’ll win this fight which then sets up some huge fights in the division.”

Talking of big fights, Paul Smith will be given a third chance to become a world champion when he takes on 168lb belt holder Tyron Zeuge. The clash will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, next month.

If both win, that would mean two Smith brothers as world champions in the same division. So, the question had to be asked (tongue-in-cheek), would they be willing to fight each other in the future?

Laughing, Swifty replied: “No chance. They couldn’t do that and just wouldn’t. Paul has a great chance of winning a world title and if being honest, it’s his best chance as well. If you look at all the world champions in that category with the likes of DeGale and Ramirez, then you must say without any disrespect that he is the weakest out the lot.”

It’s a busy time in the Smith’s household, Callum and Paul have their world honours to prepare for whilst Stephen is plotting his comeback trail. Frank Warren recently confirmed Liam Smith and Williams will have a rematch.

The fight ended in controversial style as Williams was pulled from the fight due to an eye injury after a clash of heads seemingly caused the damage. The injury was revealed as a double laceration on his right eyelid.

The super-featherweight was quick to dismiss the criticism towards younger brother Liam.

“Liam (Smith) had sustained a cut early in the fight and it was just as bad as Williams. Every round the doctor was having to check his eye to see if he could see out of it with Liam replying, ‘I can see fine out of it.’ Liam could only see things in red with the amount of blood going into his eye. Williams could have carried on but he didn’t want it as much as Liam.

“No disrespect to Gary Lockett though, because I have great respect for Lockett and his team. He obviously felt it was the best decision for his fighter’s interest.

“The two will have a rematch once the cuts have healed up on both sides, it’s looking like it’ll be near September time. It’s like Groves and Froch in a way, there’s a doubt to what could have happened so the rematch will silence those questions once and for all.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95