Callum Smith Isn’t Taking a Backseat to Canelo
WBC Diamond/WBA “Super” Super middleweight champion Callum “Mundo” Smith (26-0, 19ko) has issued a warning to boxing’s biggest attraction and current WBO lightheavyweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (53-1-2, 36ko). In case Alvarez plans to return to the division, Smith wants it known who is the division’s lead dog.
“I believe I’m the number one in that division (Super middleweight). So, he’ll have to come and beat me to take that place.”
The popular British WBA champion expressed these feelings in a recent interview with Sky Sports. Furthermore making it clear that unlike before, this time there are plans to proceed without fighting the Mexican star.
“I think he will come down. Whether he goes back to 160 or 168, I’ve no idea.”
“But I’m not going to waste my career waiting for a fight that might never happen. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, there’s still plenty of other big fights.”
The latter part of this statement should be very reassuring to boxing fans, simply because it’s extremely true. When looking at the landscape, the tree is fruitful with spectacular possibilities.
LIFE WITHOUT FIGHTING CANELO
3kingsboxing recently reported how the aforementioned WBA champion once put a potential unification bout with WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders on hold.
This was in hopes of landing that big payday. Now that unification match-up can be revisited and, if victorious, opens a path to undisputed. Surveying the rest of the field, if a fight between champions WBC David Benavidez and IBF champion Caleb Plant materializes, there could be a huge undisputed bout on the horizon sometime in 2020.
Of course, there are solid contenders that would be attractive. Chris Eubanks J. is a good domestic level bout, and former champion Jose Uzcategui is another fan-friendly affair. In essence, all isn’t lost if a fight with the Mexican mega star doesn’t come into fruition.
First, the WBA champion must take care of business with the current task at hand in John “The Gorilla” Ryder on November 23 at the Echo Arena. Then we can start making plans for an exciting 2020.
By: Garrisson Bland