Friday, September 11, 2009

Smith Brothers in Arms

Boxing brothers Paul, Liam and Stephen Smith are aiming for triple world title glory. The trio will appear on the same card on October 30 at the Liverpool Echo Arena, one of the few times that three brothers have all featured on a professional boxing show. Paul, the oldest, will challenge Tony Quigley for the British super-middleweight crown in a mouth-watering all-Liverpool showdown. Steven, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, and Liam will box in under-card fights. But the brothers are already dreaming about bigger things - and say their long term aim is to all win world title fights at the Echo Arena on the same night. "We're proud scousers and to all fight on the same bill in our home city for world titles would be unbelievable," said Paul. "It's a dream at the moment but we've definitely got the ability to pull it off. "Having my brothers boxing as professionals is a great motivation, and there's always some good-hearted rivalry about who's going to go the furthest. "I usually win the arguments because I'm the eldest - and the biggest!" The Smith brothers won a raft of amateur accolades as youngsters, but it's on the professional side of things that they could really shine. Stephen, unbeaten in seven fights, is being tipped as one of Frank Warren's brightest prospects, while Liam has also looked good in racking up two wins. And the production line hasn't quite finished yet - the youngest Smith brother Callum is a decorated amateur with designs on going pro. "Paul has been an inspiration, and we've all wanted to follow in his footsteps," said Stephen. "We've had a pretty good idea of what we've needed to do when we've turned professional, and he's always been on hand to give me, Liam and Callum good advice. "He's going to beat Quigley hands down, and then the sky really is the limit." Tickets priced at £30 (Tier), £40 (Tier), £50 (Tier), £100 (Floor), £150 (Floor) and £200 (Ringside) are available from: Liverpool Echo Arena 0844 8000 400 0844 847 2500 Frank Warren Promotions 01992 550 888


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