Callum Smith accepts Canelo Alvarez’s challenge


By Tim Royner: Callum Smith (25-0, 18 KOs) says he’s ready to defend his WBA Super World super middleweight title against Saul Canelo Alvarez in September if the Golden Boy Promotions star is serious about wanting to fight him. IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Canelo (52-1-2, 35 KOs) made it clear after his victory over IBF 160-pound champion Daniel Jacobs last Saturday night that he only wants to fight world champions at this point in his career, meaning he wants to face WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade to unify the 160-pound division, Callum Smith at 168 or WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev.

Oddly enough, Canelo didn’t even mention former unified IBF/WBA/WBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s name at the post-fight news conference last Saturday night. When Canelo was asked immediately after the Jacobs fight if wanted to face GGG in a trilogy, he said he’s not interested in that fight, and preferred to fight world champions. Canelo did leave the door open for a third fight with Golovkin, but only if that’s the fight that his boxing fans want to see from him.

Poor Golovkin, it looks like he’s going to be left out in the cold by Canelo now. 

Callum Smith, 28, will be fighting on June 1 on DAZN on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. at Madison Square Garden in New York. Smith’s manager/trainer Joe Gallagher, and he like the idea of the Canelo-Smith fight taking place in Liverpool, England at Anfield. Canelo’s promoter Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions mentioned the idea of Canelo facing Callum Smith at Wembley Stadium in London, England. That might not be a doable location. Callum isn’t from London, and he might not be popular enough in that area to attract a big crowd for a fight with Canelo. Anfield Stadium in Liverpool seats 54,000. That’s not as big as Wembley Stadium, but it’s a venue that would have a better chance of selling out. It might be a mistake if Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn books Wembley Stadium for the Canelo vs. Smith fight, and then it fails to sellout.

For his next match in September, Canelo would like to fight for the last middleweight title not in his possession, but the WBO champion Demetrius Andrade has a fight scheduled on June 29 against Maciej Sulecki. Andrade will likely take punishment in that fight, and he might even lose. The winner of the Andrade vs. Sulecki fight won’t be able to get back into the ring in September to fight Canelo. That’ll be too early. Canelo will have to put off fighting for the WBO 160-pound title until either December or in May of next year. It’s not the end of the world for Canelo. He can still move up to 168 and challenge Callum Smith for his WBA Super World title if he’s willing to take a big risk. 

Gallagher said this on his social media about wanting Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy to phone him so that they can start putting together the fight between Callum Smith and Alvarez:

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