Callum Smith burst into the scene in the rankings of the pioneer organization, the World Boxing Association (WBA). The Briton won the final of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) in the super middleweight class to conquer the super black and gold championship belt, thereby earning him the title of Breakout Fighter of the Year by the WBA.
The native of Liverpool, England, faced the WBA champion George Groves on September 28th in 2018 in a special fight held at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to contest the 168-pound belt and the Muhammad Ali trophy awarded to the champion of the WBSS.
Despite the odds against him, with Groves having already shown his class months earlier against the British native Chris Eubank Jr., in the end it was Callum who achieved glory by knocking Groves out in the seventh round to reach the top in the most spectacular way possible while instantly making himself the best in the world at 168 pounds.
With the victory in Arab territory, the Englishman Smith returned home having consecrated himself as the WBA super champion and as a hero in a weight class that is increasingly hot recently due to the rise in weight of Canelo Alvarez after having defeated the regular monarch, Rocky Fielding just recently.
Callum, 28 years old and now with a professional record of 25-0 and 18 knockouts, is recognized by the WBA as the Breakout Fighter of the Year, a status that precisely honors his timely arrival at the highest international stage, while taking into account his big win of the Muhammad Ali Trophy in the finals of the historic tournament that was the WBSS in its inaugural.
With this victory, the European and British champion joined his brother Liam as a fellow world champion, with his brother being champion at 154 pounds, and now he is the champion at 168 pounds, while promising to do great things in the future with this being only a start to his story.