|Paul Smith former British Champion|
Liverpool boxing brothers Paul and Stephen Smith are to make the hour journey up the East Lancs. to join boxing trainer Joe Gallagher at his Manchester based boxing camp, which is already bursting with some of the UK’s brightest prospects, headed by European and British champion John Murray.
Paul Smith 28, the oldest of the fighting brothers, is looking to re-build his boxing career, after losing his British super-middleweight title to James DeGale in December.
Younger sibling Stephen 25, is a former ABA champion and as a professional captured the commonwealth featherweight crown in September against John Simpson.
Both boxers currently train at Liverpool’s Salisbury ABC gym under George and Stephen Vaughan. The Salisbury is a well respected gym in the City and their flit to Mancunia is not thought to be any reflection on the famous camp they are leaving, but a chance of a fresh start and a new angle to get the boxing juices flowing again.
In Joe Gallagher and his buzzing gym of champions including the Murray brothers, Matthew Macklin, Anthony Crolla plus a rack of up and coming prospects, the Smith brothers will be in good company.
The Liverpool Manchester football divide will be rife in the gym with the Smith brothers staunch Liverpool FC. supporters while Gallagher’s has a mixture of United and City fans so the banter is bound to be flowing between the pugilists. And Joe Gallagher believes that if this was football, then the signings of the Smiths would be big transfer window news and a real coup.
Well Its the transfer window in the football season and it looks like its the same in the boxing season at the moment as well, to get someone like Paul Smith who’s an established fighter, former quality amateur, who only just lost to Jean Pascal by a point in the commonwealth games is great for us.” said Gallagher.
|Gallagher (right) with his English champion Anthony Crolla|
“Paul has been all over the world training, worked with some of the best trainers in Billy Graham, Buddy McGirt, the Vaughan’s in Liverpool who are long established and very respected.
“So their decision to join me speaks volumes really for our camp and I’m really pleased and happy.
“Having Paul an elder statesmen of boxing together with Macklin will help the young guns in the gym and they can pick their brains as well about this boxing business.
“Stephen Smith, wow this would be a right scoop if it was in football terms, we’ve got the potential there of a future world champion.
“He was a quality out-standing amateur and as you seen in his last fight beating John Simpson in only his 11th contest, and that shows their is a lot of quality in the kid.
“Its nice that the two of them are putting their faith in me and hopefully I can repay that faith and bring them titles, putting Paul back on the trail whilst moving Stephen onto bigger and better things and success breeds success! added Gallagher.
By Chris Maylett