Hearn See Money In Saunders-Smith, At Some Point
With Canelo Alvarez seemingly intent on fighting Sergey Kovalev next, two potential opponents at super middleweight could face off later this year… Operative word is could.
Eddie Hearn, who signed Saunders earlier this month believes a battle between the WBO champion and Smith, the WBA champion is a huge money draw, but not yet.
“That’s a fight that we may look at for spring of next year,” Hearn told reporters. “Obviously, that’s a fight quite easy to make. But the only one thing I’d say on that is I think they’re both really good, and they’re both with me. And I would quite like to get them bigger fights before they meet to make it the size that it should be for the risk involved. That’s not what fans wanna hear, but that’s the truth. I really feel that’s a great fight, but there’s other fights for both guys that could make that fight monumental, rather than just a big domestic fight.”
“He’s gonna defend his belt probably in November,” Hearn said of Saunders. “We’ll have a date [this] week. He can move to 160. That’s not a problem. But I feel with Billy, the longer he stays at 168, the more likely he is to stay there. It’s gonna be difficult for him to drop those eight pounds.”
While Saunders may stay at super middleweight, the move up came after losing his claim to the WBO middleweight title last year due to a drug test failure before a fight with Demetrius Andrade.
That possible fight against fellow Matchroom fighter Andrade or newly minted Matchroom partner Gennadiy Golovkin may interest Saunders to return to 160 pounds or see GGG make his super middleweight debut.
Smith is set for an in-ring return this October, four months removed from his decimation of Hassan N’Dam on the Ruiz-Joshua undercard.
Report: Boxing Scene