Boxing News: The last time Callum Smith competed, it was on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk, and he was unable to enjoy his triumph.
He shot Lenin Castillo once, and it was so terrifyingly powerful that it gave one the chills. Immediately after being treated, Castillo was taken from the ring on a stretcher.
“As much as you want to win, that’s the last thing you want to see. Now and again we do get a bad one in boxing where there’s long-lasting damage, no one wants to see that,” Smith told Sky Sports.
“Forget about the win and everything else, that becomes irrelevant, you just want the fighter to be safe and go home to his family. The next morning I had a message off Castillo [that he was alright], so that was good and reassuring.
“I say a prayer in the ring before a fight and it’s not to win, it’s just for myself and my opponent’s safety. Boxing’s a tough sport as it is and we’ve all got families to go home to.”
“There were a lot of question marks surrounding me on certain things. How will I fare at the new weight? How will I be coming back from a loss? How will I be under Buddy [McGirt, his new trainer]? I felt I ticked them all,” Smith said.