As Callum Smith gets ready to defend his WBA super middleweight title this weekend in Liverpool against John Ryder, Smith tells Sky Sports that he’s preparing to put on a showcase performance in order to cement himself as the best 168-pounder in the world.
“If you’ve got a belt in my weight division then you’re in my path. That’s what I want, to collect as many belts as I can. To cement myself as the best on the planet.
”Undisputed champion is something that I’ve set myself, as a goal.”
For Smith to become undisputed he’ll have to contend with the other titleholders in the division: David Benavidez (WBC), Caleb Plant (IBF), and Billy Joe Saunders (WBO). A couple of those fight will be more difficult to make than others, but Smith isn’t ruling out a big-money fight against either Canelo Alvarez should he be able to land it, or even Gennadiy Golovkin.
“[I must] maximise my potential, and get the fights that I’m in a position to get. I’ve got a world title so the big names should be there. I’d like to see how good I am.”
Smith is anticipated to have a big 2020, with a big fight targeted for Anfield Stadium should everything work out as hoped.
What fight would you most want to see Smith in to start the new year?