The Pugilist

Does England have the next Klitschko sibling dynasty?

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A boxing gym functions a lot like a family.

Going through highs and lows together, coaches take on the paternal role and watch their fighters forge a brotherly bond under their careful guidance.

For several British boxers this brotherly bond is not just symbolic.

In the space of a week not too long ago, three of Liverpool’s four Smith brothers claimed victories as they continue to push their family name to the forefront of British boxing.

Paul and younger brother Callum showed their class at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff and then four days later Stephen joined the party at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

Oldest brother Paul produced a ruthless display against Spaniard David Sarabia, to record his 35th professional victory and 20th knockout.

The referee stopping the contest in the second round when Paul went on the offensive after knocking his man to the canvas with a big right hand in the first.

The victory added to talk of a world title shot against Arthur Abraham, mooted to take place in September, and if that were to happen the 31-year-old would clear the way for fellow super middleweight and 24-year-old brother Callum to go for the British title.

The youngest of the four, Callum is largely regarded as the most exciting of the Smith brothers and his second round demolition of the dangerous Tobias Webb last Saturday left British boxing fans eager to see more.

At 6'3” Callum stands 4 inches taller than older brother Paul, and his longer reach combined with his devastating punching power suggests he can go on to become the most successful of the Smith brothers.

On the night, Callum produced four deadly second round hooks to Webb’s midriff that put him on the canvas each time. The fourth proved too much and extended Smith’s unbeaten start to his career to 11, nine finishing within the distance.

Two weeks ago, 28-year-old Stephen took to the ring and defeated Mauricio Javier Munoz to claim the vacant WBC Silver super featherweight title.

The Argentinian was forced to retire in his stool at the end of the seventh round after a solid left to the ribs ended what was a closely contested fight.

Like older brother Paul, the victory had many talking up Stephen’s world title credentials and the fighter himself backed a match up with Japan’s WBC world champion Takashi Miura.

Completing the quartet, 25-year-old light middleweight Liam Smith will be hoping to extend his 17 fight unbeaten run against Navid Mansouri in Manchester in July.

On the same night that Stephen recorded victory, another British brother was also in action.

Twin brother of Jamie, Gavin McDonell fought out a draw with Josh Wale to retain his British super bantamweight title. McDonnell was cut on the left eyebrow in the second round but produced some good work of his own to force the draw.

More experienced brother Jamie McDonell claimed the WBA bantamweight title with a 10th-round finish of Thailand's Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat at Wembley as part of the eagerly awaited Froch v Groves II show this past Saturday.

Also on the British boxing radar are the Eubank brothers. Sons of boxing legend and former world champion Chris Eubank, Chris Jnr. has stormed past everyone in his professional career to date.

Younger brother Sebastian is yet to turn professional, but is carving out a reputation at amateur level and last month became the ABA Southern County Champion.

Time will tell how successful these British boxing brothers can be but in the meantime we can enjoy their rise in the hope that we may have unearthed the next Klitschkos on our shores.

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