Callum Smith On Canelo Bout: ‘I Don’t Take Fights For A Payday’
Callum Smith didn’t accept the Canelo Alvarez fight simply for a bump in pay and clout.
Smith is the WBA (Super) Super-Middleweight Champion. He is undefeated with a record of 27-0. He also has a chance to lay claim to the WBC gold when he meets Canelo on December 19.
Smith spoke to Ring Magazine and said that he doesn’t plan on settling for second place when he shares the ring with boxing’s biggest star.
“If I’d been sitting around doing nothing and got four weeks’ notice, then I would have passed on it. I’m the champion and as long as I have those belts, I’m in a position to land the biggest fights possible, and I would still have been in a position to secure the Canelo fight. I would have seen the year out and tried to get it next year. I’ve taken this fight because I believe that I’m ready and I’m in good shape. I believe that I’ll be able to go in there and do what I do. I’m good enough to win the fight, I’m a winner, and I don’t take fights for a payday. I’m here to win, and if you’d seen me training over the last few weeks you’d know that I’m not just here to make up the numbers.”
Smith last competed back in November 2019. He put his WBA gold on the line against John Ryder. Smith retained his title via unanimous decision.
Canelo’s last fight was just three weeks prior to Smith vs. Ryder. Canelo scored an 11th-round knockout win over Sergey Kovalev to become the WBO Light-Heavyweight Champion. Canelo vacated the belt in an effort to move back down in weight.
Canelo vs. Smith will air live on DAZN and on PPV. The bout is taking place inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas with fans being allowed in the building at a reduced capacity.