Less than three weeks before showtime, Eddie Hearn tells ESPN that they may have finally found an opponent for Callum Smith on the June 1st Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz Jr. card: Hassan N’Dam.
“It’s very close,” [Hearn] said. “We’re probably 24, 48 hours away from it being finalized.”
N’Dam (37-3, 21 KO) was an iffy choice when he was part of the Gennady Golovkin sweepstakes and doesn’t look to fare much better here. The French veteran, now 35, is a lifelong middleweight who has only weighed in above 165 pounds twice. One of them was against Tomasz Gargula, who was in the midst of what is now a 14-fight losing streak. He’ll give up around four inches of both height and reach to Smith (25-0, 18 KO) in the latter’s first defense of the WBA “super” title he knocked out George Groves to win last September.
This is what procrastination gets you, I suppose.