One to Watch: I'll be world champion in 2016 - Callum Smith

Callum Smith won the super-middleweight title after beating Rocky Fielding in just 2 minutes and 45 seconds at Liverpool's Echo Arena Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Callum Smith is confident 2016 will see him either crowned WBC world super-middleweight champion -- or at least within touching distance of a title shot.

Smith (18-0, 13 KOs) is No.1 in the latest WBC rankings and waiting to learn from the world governing body if he faces a final title eliminator or is given a crack at WBC champion Badou Jack (20-1-1, 12 KOs), who out-pointed Londoner George Groves in September.

Smith, 25, blitzed fellow Liverpool fighter Rocky Fielding inside three minutes to become British super-middleweight champion in November and underline his potential to succeed at elite level. And he believes he ready to overcome US-based Swede Jack in his next fight.

"I think Jack is beatable, he's nothing special, but he does everything good and sticks to a game plan," Smith told ESPN.

"He's harder to hit now, more compact than he was when he got knocked out [in the first round by Derek Edwards in 2014]. I think he has improved since then but I think I've got the beating of him now. I'm not going down this route with the WBC title if I didn't think I could beat Jack.

"But he shocked me against Groves, winning on points, because he showed he can box for 12 rounds.

"I might have to fight him in America, because he has good backing there with Floyd Mayweather, but it's any boxer's dream to win a world title in Las Vegas. I'm confident I will get a shot at him this year.

"I believe I will become world champion in the next year, or thereabouts. I'm waiting to see what the WBC decide at their next meeting, whether I have got a final eliminator or not, but I'm No.1 in their rankings and I'm looking to fight again at the end of March or early April.

"I might go down the European title route if [promoter] Eddie Hearn wins the purse bid, and then winning that will help make me mandatory challenger for the WBC."

It could be a big year for the Smith family. Callum is the youngest of four brothers who have all won British titles. Last year, Liam (22-0-1, 12 KOs) lifted the WBO world light-middleweight title, while eldest sibling Paul (30-6, 20 KOs) has twice unsuccessfully challenged for world super-middleweight titles.

Stephen (23-1, 13 KOs) challenges Jose Pedraza in New York for the IBF world super-featherweight title on March 26, and Callum is confident Stephen, 30, can end the unbeaten record of Puerto Rican Pedraza and of himself then getting a shot at Jack.

"We're a close knit family and we spend a lot of time with each other out of the gym as well and it could be a big year for us all," Smith added.

"It depends on when my next fight is, but I would like to go over to Stephen's fight. I believe he's got the beating of him.

"To have three of us as world champions in a year's time would be unbelievable but it is realistic if we all keep winning. We keep raising the bar."

Smith is also ranked at No.5 with the IBF world governing body, whose champion is Londoner James DeGale, but the British champion sees himself challenging Jack before a possible fight with DeGale.

And Smith admits fights against fellow Britons Groves or Martin Murray could be possible for 2016.

"I think I will fight for the WBC title before I fight James DeGale, but I don't know about George Groves or Martin Murray yet," Smith said.

"Both those fights are possible. I don't think Martin Murray has the same advantage at super-middleweight as he had at middleweight, I think he is a better middleweight than a super-middleweight.

"Most people who follow boxing know who George Groves is but we will have to see how he does at the end of the month. I don't think he's looked his best since the Carl Froch fight. Maybe mentally it has affected him, the losses to Carl Froch."