Why Callum Smith is called ‘Mundo’

Callum Smith
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In case you were wondering about Callum Smith, John Dennen finds out

YOU probably weren’t wondering why Callum Smith is called “Mundo.” But we found out anyway.

Smith, as well as winning the British and European titles in his rise, picked up a WBC Diamond title when he beat Erik Skoglund on points over 12 rounds in the quarter-final of the World Boxing Super Series. He has ambitions to win a world title and the Muhammad Ali Trophy at the end of the tournament.

He explains why his fighting nickname is “Mundo.” “My dad called me it when I was a kid. I was obsessed with the Turtles, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There’s Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael and my dad used to call me Callemundo, saying you’re the fifth turtle. I had a shell backpack and all that. ‘Callemundo’ and I was made up with it,” he said.

“They started to call me Mundo, the ‘Call’ dropped and it’s just stuck. All the people closest to me as a kid call me it and when I went to boxing gyms, there were people in the gym who knew me as a kid, calling me it and it sort of stuck. When I was turning pro I was stuck for a name and now it’s caught on.”

Callum Smith

“But it means ‘world’ in Spanish, which looks like it’s a bit of an omen if I become world champion. It’s not too bad at all,” Smith noted.

He added, “[His brother] Stephen’s little lad Frankie is into the Turtles now so I’ll be watching them with him.”

Don’t miss next week’s issue of Boxing News for a full interview with Callum Smith.

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