Eddie Hearn Thinks Callum Smith Should Move Up To Light-Heavyweight
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn believes it’s time for Callum Smith to make a change.
Smith is coming off the first loss of his pro boxing career. Smith put the WBA (Super) and The Ring Super-Middleweight gold on the line against Canelo Alvarez. The vacant WBC Title was also at stake. Smith couldn’t get anything going against Canelo and dropped a unanimous decision in a lopsided affair.
Hearn, who promotes Smith, thinks the former champion would be best served making the move to light-heavyweight. Here’s what he told iFL TV (via BoxingScene.com).
“I just think he needs to move to 175-pounds and become a two-weight world champion. He’s had an amazing career, he’s had a great run, he’s made a lot of money. But he still has got challenges that he wants to overcome, and still has goals to achieve. I would love to see him move up to what’s an amazing 175 division.”
At 6’3 with a 78-inch reach, Smith could work his skills at 175 pounds effectively. Many believe WBC and IBF Champion Artur Beterbiev is the gold standard of the light-heavyweight division. The WBA Champion is Dmitry Bivol, while the WBO gold is vacant after Canelo relinquished the title in favor of moving back down to super-middleweight.