|Callum Smith (in Red)|
Callum Smith added another stunning performance to his ever-growing list of victories this weekend, winning a Gold medal in the world class amateur Four-Nations tournament final, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
Boxer’s from Kazakhstan, China, France and Great Britain competed in the tournament with Callum beating two-time world champion Sapiyev Serik 13-4 in his final.
It’s an amazing scoreline in terms of the experience of the two boxer’s but Callum showed maturity beyond his 20 years to totally outbox the former World Champion.
“My tactic’s were to stay tight and light on my feet, not to give him silly point’s and to catch him coming in with back hands.” Said Smith
“I knew I was doing enough as the coaches were telling me the scores after every round, so it was just a case of staying tight and not doing anything silly.” He added
Fellow Liverpudlian Tom Stalker also won his division, fresh from his Silver medal in the European Championships and Smith quickly praised the team spirit in the camp.
“Having a fellow scouser there in Tom is good but the whole team are great and everyone gets on well.”
Smith was almost certain to gain a place in Team GB for the Commonwealth games in Delhi later this year but is a nailed on certainty for a place now.
“Hopefully I can make the team and I will go there knowing I am capable of medalling, I will definitely be going for the gold.”
People have long been talking of Callum turning professional like his three older brother’s Paul, Stephen and Liam but for now, Smith say’s it’s at least two years away.
“I have always’s said I was never turning pro until after 2012, that’s my aim to make the Olympic team, keep improving and make it to London, that would be amazing.”
With the performances Callum keeps putting in and the names he keep’s taking on and beating, the sky is the limit for the young lad from Liverpool and who would bet against a double gold medallist in Delhi and London.
- 48kg Zhakipov Birzhan (Kaz) lost to Shiming Zou (Chn) 13:9
- 54kg Andrew Selby (GB) beat Jaiwei Zhang (Chn) 9:7
- 57kg Luke Campbell (GB) beat Jun Tan (Chn) 11:3
- 60kg Tom Stalker (GB) beat Bashenov Samat (Kaz) 10:9
- 64kg Yelussinov Daniyar (Kaz) lost to Bradley Saunders (GB) 6:3
- 69kg Sapiyev Serik (Kaz) lost to Callum Smith (GB) 12:4
- 75kg Jian Ting Zhang (Chn) lost to Tavares Nichel (Fra) 8:3
- 75kg Frank Buglioni (GB) beat Chevas Stephane (Fra) 21:18
- 81kg Callum Johnson (GB) lost to Serimov Almat (Kaz) RTD3
- 91kg+ Dychko Ivan (Kaz) beat Amin Isa (GB) 7:2
- 51Kg Tommy Stubbs (GB) beat Zhakupov Miras (Kaz) 7:1
By Phil D. Jay reporting in Liverpool, Phil is a chief writer for British Boxers and is the editor of www.worldboxingnews.net