What Does Callum Smith Think About A Potential Canelo Alvarez Fight?
The list of opponents to potentially face Canelo Alvarez is neverending. Several stars come from the United States while others are from abroad. From the latter half, some are world champions. Is the waiting game taking a toll on one of the fighters?
WBA and The Ring Super-Middleweight Champion Callum Smith talked about the rumors of him being one of the frontrunners to face Canelo. With no real answer and the September date in which Canelo may be fighting approaching, Smith is not worried about the headlines that have been created that don’t give him a clear answer.
“The first time round it was dead exciting,” said Smith, via Boxing Scene. “I would read every article and I would get my hopes up. I was in negotiations through Eddie (Hearn) with Golden Boy and you do think ‘I could get this and if I do, it’s huge’. Now, until the fight is done, I won’t give it much thought.
“You read articles saying ‘this source says this, this source says this’. I saw one source saying I had been made an offer. I haven’t received any offer. People just want to make their own version of it and with social media it spreads so quickly. I have been here before and didn’t get the fight, I’m not going to be getting too excited about it. It is a fight I would love, but I’m not too sure there is that much chance of me getting it.”
Smith (27-0) made his professional debut in 2012. A British Super-Middleweight Champion, “Mundo” won the WBA and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles in the World Boxing Super Series middleweight finals. His last bout was a unanimous decision win over John Ryder in November.
With Billy Joe Saunders taking himself out of the Canelo sweepstakes, Smith’s trainer Joe Gallagher stated it is Smith’s time now. Gallagher went on to say that Smith is also looking at a September fight. If a fight with Canelo is off the table, then a rematch with Ryder is an option. Ryder has been campaigning for a rematch with Smith. He is also an option to face Canelo.
Golden Boy and DAZN are looking to gain profit from a Canelo fight. With the coronavirus pandemic, however, revenue from the fight is not possible due to fans not attending events. This is something Smith is trying to look past.
“I spoke to Eddie last week. He said my name was in the mix,” Smith went on to say. “I think DAZN would probably like it, because it is a good fight for them to get subscribers, but Golden Boy would prefer a cheaper option because they have no revenue on the gate.
“It’s a Catch 22. You can’t get a cheaper opponent and then expect it to be a mega fight that people want to tune in for. And if you want a fight that people will tune in for, you have got to pay for it. People want to see good fights if they are going to subscribe. You have to put on fights people are willing to pay for. They might have to bite the bullet.”
Due to the option of choosing a “cheaper” fight, Ryder may get the opportunity. Smith wouldn’t mind if that was the case.
“If Ryder does get it, I see the logic, because his name is well thought-of since the fight with me,” Smith ended up saying. “If Canelo goes in and does a brilliant job on Ryder, they will say he handled him a lot easier than I did. It would be a smart move for him and he’s probably not in a position to demand huge money.”
Other options on the table for Canelo include Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Anthony Dirrell, and Caleb Plant.