"We Try And Help People Understand" | Morson Fight For Autism With Callum & Stephen Smith
Earlier this month Morson hosted a Q&A with Liverpool’s most famous boxing family, the Smith brothers to raise awareness for autism. Callum, Stephen and Paul spoke extensively about their respective careers in the sport and discussed how autism has affected them throughout their life.
Stephen Smith shed light on the family’s experience looking after his 18-year-old sister Hollie, who has severe autism:
“It’s very close to our hearts, we’ve got our younger sister Hollie who’s just turned 18. She’s severely autistic herself and she’s non-verbal. It’s such a difficult job for our Mum and Dad, 24 hours looking after her, she’s very unique. She’s a character but she has to battle through a lot of things that we take for granted.”
Both Stephen and Callum were unaware of what autism was until Hollie was diagnosed at an early age but have been constantly learning about the condition ever since as Callum explained:
“The spectrum is very big; each person is different but there are similarities. With Hollie and most people with autism, routine is a massive thing and we try and keep everything the way Hollie likes it to make her life that life little bit easier”
Raising awareness for autism has been something the Smith brothers take great pride and fulfilment in doing and the World Boxing Super Series winner explained the work he has done to help bring more joy to the lives of autistic children and their families:
“We always try and help people understand it that little bit more and try and do any charity work we can to help raise money for families and centres where children with autism can go and play. My sister goes trampolining and it’s autism friendly, every person there has some form of autism and they can go there and be themselves without worrying about people judging. We just try and raise money for centres like that to stay open”
We also discussed what 2019 has in store for each of the active Smith brothers and Stephen began by giving a quick update on his current situation after suffering a horrific ear injury in his last fight against Francisco Vargas back in 2017:
“I’m back in the gym now. I’m getting fit and ready to fight. I’m going to progress and get back to winning ways”
An exact return date is still unknown for Stephen but that isn’t the case for Liam, who has now joined his brothers under the same promoter for the first time by signing with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. The former WBO Light-Middleweight champion will be going up against the tough and durable Sam Eggington in March and Callum Smith gave his thoughts on Liam’s move:
“Personally, I think it’s a very good move, he’s a very good fighter and he needs that bigger platform which Sky and Matchroom can provide whether it’s here or in the US”
With an unforgettable 2018 highlighted with the Ali Trophy and a first World Title win, youngest brother Callum has an exciting year ahead of him and he’s prepared for whatever challenges await him after a winter break:
“I made a point of switching off a bit after my last fight and enjoyed a bit of down time. Now New Year’s is out of the way it’s time to switch back on. We’ll look at the options and see what’s the best move to take
We at Morson were proud to host an event of this scale for such a great cause and commend the work of the Smith brothers as they continue to raise awareness for a great cause.