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Gallagher: Callum Smith could move up to face Sergey Kovalev if no unification fights

Smith currently holds two titles at 168lbs.

George Groves v Callum Smith - Press Conference Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Callum Smith (25-0, 18 KOs) came out of the World Boxing Super Series on top last September, knocking out George Groves in the finals to take the WBA super middleweight title (while also carrying the WBC’s ‘Diamond’ title).

Now Smith’s trainer, Joe Gallagher, tells Sky Sports that their first priority is to secure a unification bout, but if that doesn’t happen they’ll consider a move up to light heavyweight to challenge someone like Sergey Kovalev.

“The unification fights, that’s what we want, that’s what we’ve said to Eddie Hearn,” said Smith’s trainer and manager Joe Gallagher.

”They’re the big fights we want, and even with Kovalev winning at the weekend, there’s a possibility if no one wants to dance with us at super-middleweight, that we’d move up and fight Kovalev. I think that would get everyone excited, but they’re the type of fights we want for Callum Smith.”

Kovalev, of course, is just coming off a unanimous decision win over Eleider Alvarez last weekend to take back his WBO strap, and a fight against Smith could prove to be a more than credible fight if things trend that way.

But you tell me, fans, how many of you would be interested in a Kovalev-Smith fight?

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