Callum Smith wanted his shot at Canelo Alvarez, but as the Rolling Stones said, “you can’t always get what you want.”
While the WBA super middleweight champion just might find he’ll get what he needs, he’s shocked by Alvarez wanting to face Ryota Murata on Cinco De Mayo weekend.
“We can safely say that Canelo is doing what Floyd Mayweather did – he fights who he pleases and everyone just does what he says,” Smith’s trainer Gallagher told Sky Sports of Alvarez’s potential choice of opponent.
“Callum will be shocked and gutted, as Billy Joe will be. Everybody was waiting for the golden ticket but it has gone to Murata. I don’t think this will go down well in Mexico. We’ve been there with Liam Smith and everybody wanted Canelo vs Callum Smith. Even in Arizona the Mexican people were pushing for Canelo vs Callum. In September Canelo will have to fight a Callum or a Gennadiy Golovkin.”
For Alvarez this may just be another world for the multi-division world champion to conquer, as Murata is the biggest boxing star in Japan. A win over Murata can solidify Alvarez as a global brand and possibly the biggest name in boxing, which some may claim is held by the still retired Mayweather or Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao, who hold the record for the most-watched boxing Pay-Per-View from their 2015 clash in Las Vegas.