Canelo Could Be Off The Table, Smith Seeks Options
If Callum Smith won’t get his crack at Canelo Alvarez this fall, he’ll be fine with taking on another high-profile middleweight turned super middleweight.
This week Smith confirmed an offer made to him by Frank Warren, promoter for the WBO’s super middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders, who is the direct rival of Matchroom Boxing, Smith’s promoter.
Last week a rumor floated that Smith could stand across the ring from Alvarez this September in Las Vegas if negotiations between Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin were to break down.
Now, with Sergey Kovalev and a move to light heavyweight has come to life, Smith and his team will sit down to see if Saunders is right for his next showdown.
“That is a fight that probably does make sense,” Smith said to talkSPORT’s Fight Night. “How easy it is to make, I’m not too sure. I have never sat and called anyone out, I have always sat down with my team and have given the options and go with what is best. We will sit down and go with what is best for me.
“I am in a good position. There are a lot of big fights out there for me. The next years of my career are very exciting and I want to fight the best. I want to know how good I am myself. I believe in my own ability but when I do retire I want to know I maximized my potential and the only way to do that is by fighting some of the other best fighters in the world. That is the plan for me moving forward.
“I do believe they have made an offer,” Smith continued. “I’m not sure the ins and outs of it. I do believe it was a 50/50 split on BT Sport pay-per-view. That is the only detail I know so far. We will speak through it (this week) and if that is the next move, then that is the next move.”