Undefeated Callum Smith Wants to Beat Canelo to Avenge His Brother Liam
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
London, UK (May 7th, 2019)– According to Callum Smith, “If his [Saul Alvarez’] team is serious, and want to make the fight (with me) then I’m game!” Smith tweeted on Monday. “A big fight in the autumn (fall of 2019 with Canelo) sounds good to me.” Smith also tolds boxing news revenge (which in Spanish is called venganza) is on the menu with his bout with Canelo. It’s personal. “Anyone from middleweight to light heavyweight probably wants that [Canelo Alvarez] fight. It’s a fight I would love, and a fight I would jump at. It’s just me against Canelo if it does come off-and I’d want to win just as much if it was against any other fighter. After the [George] Groves fight, it was nice to look back and get revenge for Paul [his eldest brother whom Groves beat] and it would be nice to do it (get revenge by beating Alvarez) for my brother Liam (who Canelo beat in 2016.”
According to promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, who handles Smith, on the odds of an Alvarez versus Smith DAZN championship bout spectacular coming into reality, “We would love to make the David Benavidez fight with Callum Smith, that’s a great fight. We love to make the Canelo fight with Callum Smith, that’s a great fight. That’s an opportunity for Canelo to move up and win the Ring Magazine championship at 168 pounds, as well as (have) the 160 (pound Ring Magazine title) one that he holds. I think Callum’s in a good position. You are going to see him on June 1 (2019) at Madison Square Garden (on the televised undercard to Anthony Joshua versus Andy Ruiz Jr.). We’re going to announce that (his opponent) next week.
Liverpool, United Kingdom’s 25-0 Callum Smith, the World Boxing Association Super World Super Middleweight champion, and World Boxing Council Diamond Super Middleweight champion, deserves a fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Smith might have a point. In 2015, Smith dropped Rocky fielding three times in the first round to win, who Canelo needed three rounds to stop in a recent WBA super middleweight world title fight.
Canelo, who went down to the 160 pound middleweight limit to fight and defeat Daniel Jacobs in this past weekend’s WBA, WBC and IBF world middleweight unification contest, would have to go back up to the 168 pound limit he fought at when he stopped Fielding to fight Smith, for a bout with Smith to be road legal as far as the WBA is concerned.
Presently, to qualify for a Canelo DAZN super fight in the fall of 2019, Smith has to defend an as yet unnamed to be announced opponent to defend his super middleweight titles on the Anthony Joshua versus Andy Ruiz undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 1, 2019. The card is scheduled to be both Joshua’s and Smith’s American debut. 37-3 former WBA World Middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, who won a 12 round majority decision over Martin Murray at Manchester Arena in December 2018, is said to be the leading choice to promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing for Smith, with less than 24 days before the nine-bout Sky telecast which will feature four world championship bouts, including Joshua and Smith (who is scheduled to appear).
To say that Canelo will take Smith to school and provide him an education as to who the best fighter in the world is would be an understatement. If Smith wants to fight Canelo, Canelo’s camp could certainly oblige, as Canelo will accept all challenges and ducks nobody. Given the threat of Smith’s 25-0 record as a legitimate world champion, Smith certainly merits a chance at Canelo for the mega payday, and a bout with Canelo is very promotable by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing on DAZN and in worldwide sports circles. Canelo sells. The name of the other fella is not critical to selling the bout anyway.
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