Exclusive: Liam Smith is ageing like a fine wine and can become a two-time world champion

"Beefy" has impressed in his last two fights, winning both of them inside the distance.

Liam Smith delivered on his promise of beating Jessie Vargas and he did it in good fashion too.

The 33-year-old stopped Vargas in the tenth round of their Madison Square Garden bout to pick up from where he left off last year.

In October 2021, Smith beat up fellow Liverpool fighter Anthony Fowler to claim the city's bragging rights and he is now in a strong position to challenge for world honours again and become a two-time champion at light middleweight.

His record is now 31-3-1 with his only losses coming to Canelo Alvarez, Jaime Munguia and a disputed defeat to Magomed Kourbanov.

And his brother Stephen Smith agreed with Planet Sport when asked about whether he thought Liam was ageing like a fine wine in the ring.

"A lot of people are saying similar lines, where they think he's getting better with age. Eddie said it to us over there and he is improving because he is enjoying his boxing," 'Swifty' told Planet Sport.

"He's gaining on his experiences, he's learning and not a lot of people do. A lot of people let defeat get to them or bad performance get to them, Liam will go away, analyse it and then improve which is what he shows.

"He improves in every fight since the Munguia loss, he's got better and better. He's only lost the once to Kourbanov but as we all know he didn't lose that fight. He went to Russia, beat him over there then he won at home against Fowler and now he's gone to America and beat Vargas so he's just getting better and better to be honest."

Asked where his win over Vargas ranks in 'Beefy's' career, Stephen Smith added: "I'm not sure, I don't know obviously on paper he's just beat a two-weight world champion so it's gotta be right up there.

"But you'd have to ask Liam for his opinion on where it ranks because sometimes you think a lot more of someone when you're in the ring with them. He was saying how with Vargas you could tell how experienced he was where he hid chin well but you'd have to ask him to see where it ranks"

154 world title chance

Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano collide again for all four major world titles at light middleweight this weekend.

The first fight ended as a split-draw with the judges scoring it 117-111 (Charlo), 114-114, 113-114 (Castano).

Stephen Smith believes his brother has a great chance of challenging for world honours regardless of the result.

"I think if Charlo wins, he moves up in weight, the belts will all become vacant which surely Liam gotta be in for one of them.

"If Castano wins, I don't know whether he might defend or whether mandatories might come into play.

"I'm not sure what will happen but Liam is highly ranked across all governing bodies so he's got to be up there or there abouts for a title shot should they become vacant.

"Even if Castano wins, I think with it being a rematch from the last fight, I think there's gonna be mandatories put on him," Smith concluded.

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