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Joe Gallagher: Callum Smith could move up to challenge Gilberto Ramirez if no Canelo fight

With Canelo apparently looking towards another fight, Callum Smith has to weigh his other options as well.

Callum Smith v Nieky Holzken: Super Middleweight Semi-Final - World Boxing Super Series Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Super middleweight champion Callum Smith is still hoping that he can somehow manage to land a May fight against Canelo Alvarez, but with recent reports suggest that Canelo is more interested in facing Billy Joe Saunders, Smith might have to evaluate his Plan B.

According to his trainer Joe Gallagher, there’s been no substantive discussions taking place between Smith and Canelo’s representatives. So if it turns out that Smith doesn’t land the big money fight, Gallagher says they’re already considering moving up to 175lbs to face Gilberto Ramirez for the vacant WBO title.

“If Billy Joe is out of the equation, then we cannot fight any of the other champions,” said Gallagher. “Benavidez is fighting, Dirrell is fighting, Plant is fighting, so we’ll make use of the voluntary and most likely have a defence over in America.

”There’s also the option at the moment of the vacant WBO world title. That is something that we spoke about and we’d most probably challenge Gilberto Ramirez up at 175. That’s a very strong option for us at the moment.”

Gallagher continues by saying that there’s also been no talk of Smith having his next fight at Anfield, and that he’ll most like be coming Stateside.

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