Three of Liverpool's four Smith brothers will be part of the big card at Goodison Park on Sunday, May 29, with super middleweight contender/top prospect Callum and super featherweight Stephen recently added to the bill, beneath the big Tony Bellew-Junior Makabu main event.
Callum (19-0, 14 KO) has emerged as one of the top young fighters to watch at 168 pounds, and is clearly the Smith brother with the highest ceiling, which has been the prevailing thought for quite a long time. At 6'3", he's a tall super middleweight, has a lot of length, and generates big power. At 26, he looks ready to break though, last fighting on April 2, when he shellacked Hadillah Mohoumadi, a competent veteran, in just 1:41 to lift the European title. That came after Smith demolished Rocky Fielding in 2:45 to win the British title last November.
Callum currently has no opponent set for the May 29 fight, but since it's coming in 12 days, expectations should be low. This is more about getting him on the stadium bill in his hometown. He recently was in Washington, DC, watching Badou Jack and James DeGale defend their WBC and IBF (respectively) belts on Showtime.
"It was good being in Washington and having the best seat in the house to watch Jack and DeGale. It was good to be around them and it made me feel that I really belong at the top level," he said via Matchroom Boxing.
"I was getting my name out there in the US and I think that my profile is on the rise at the right time. I've never called anybody out but I've also never turned anybody down. I believe that I can become the best super middleweight in the world and I am happy to fight whoever I have to in order to prove it."
This past Friday evening, Mayweather Promotions' Leonard Ellerbe tweeted Smith's promoter Eddie Hearn an idea to match Callum against Ronald Gavril, which could be an interesting fight for this summer.
Stephen Smith (23-2, 13 KO) is coming off of a loss to IBF 130-pound titleholder Jose Pedraza on April 16, so he's also taking a quick turnaround to be part of the festivities at home. He'll face Argentina's Daniel Brizuela (28-5-2, 8 KO), a club fighter diehard British boxing fans will remember from 2014 losses to Tommy Coyle and Luke Campbell. He most recently fought in June 2015, losing to fellow Argentine Mauricio Munoz by majority decision.
For whatever reason, the WBC has decided to put their "Silver" title on the line for this fight, despite the fact that both of the fighters are coming in off of losses, and one of them is very obviously not a contender.
The third Smith on the card is Paul Smith (36-6, 21 KO), the oldest brother at 33, who also is awaiting an opponent. Besides all these Smiths and Bellew-Makabu, the show will also feature heavyweight David Price (19-3, 16 KO), also from Liverpool, and another hometown boy, veteran Tony Dodson (32-8-1, 15 KO), will challenge Hosea Burton (16-0, 7 KO) for the British light heavyweight title. Several more fighters, some from Liverpool (James Metcalf, Gerard Carroll, the debuting Craig Glover), will also be part of the big show.