You might not believe this, but with the noise around a potential fight between WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight titleholder Canelo Alvarez and WBA super middleweight titleholder Callum Smith, Smith says he’s heard about it and would definitely like to do it.
I know, it sounds crazy. Smith, who is a 6’3” super middleweight with no easily-made big fights at 168 and maybe only one if he went up to 175, would be willing to fight boxing’s biggest star, a 5’8” middleweight. But he said it:
Had a lot of tweets over the last couple of days regarding Canelo. If his team are serious and want to make the fight then I’m game! A big fight in the autumn sounds good to me— Callum Smith (@CallumSmith23) May 6, 2019
At the moment, Smith (25-0, 18 KO) is scheduled to fight on the Joshua-Ruiz card on June 1 — you know, in a few weeks — but doesn’t have an opponent yet for that title defense, which will be his first outing since beating George Groves last September in Saudi Arabia. So expect very, very, very little from that fight, which should set Smith up perfectly for a potential bout with Canelo (52-1-2, 35 KO).
Will this happen? Hey, maybe. I mentioned Smith as one of the darkhorse candidates for Canelo’s next fight on Sunday, and Eddie Hearn wants to do it (obviously), and Oscar De La Hoya says it’s a possibility. I know two things: (1) Canelo’s never been afraid to take a challenge or a fight the public or his promoter see as risky, and (2) he’s also thrown a couple curveballs people didn’t expect, both in that regard and also when he took that fight with Amir Khan completely out of left field.
And if it seems like I’m trying to throw shade at a potential Canelo-Smith fight due to their size differences, I’m really not. I’d be totally fine with the fight if it were made. I’m just saying, you know, of course Smith wants to fight Alvarez. There’s nothing for him to lose, really. It’s the biggest fight he can possibly make for his career and he has substantial advantages on paper.