Callum Smith, the unbeaten WBA (Tremendous) tremendous middleweight champion, made a successful return to the ring Saturday night time with a third-round TKO victory over Hassan N’Dam at Madison Sq. Backyard.
Smith (26-0, 19 KOs) dropped N’Dam thrice – as soon as in every spherical – earlier than the referee ended the struggle, cementing “Mundo’s” dominant displaying in his first bout since defeating George Groves within the World Boxing Tremendous Sequence final September. Now, he is prepared for a larger problem and maybe a showdown with the face of boxing himself, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
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“I want the big fights, I want the big names,” Smith stated throughout his post-fight press convention. “Canelo is a very good fighter. I believe he is the best 160-pound fighter in the world. If he does decide to move up in the future, it’s a fight I would be willing to take.”
If that struggle does not come to fruition, there are different choices for Smith as effectively.
With Smith desirous to be again in motion once more this September, listed below are 5 potential opponents.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs)
The unified middleweight champion and WBA (Common) tremendous middleweight titleholder made gentle work of Rocky Fielding when the pound-for-pound star stepped as much as 168 kilos in December. Canelo additionally defeated Smith’s brother, Liam Smith, in September 2016, so a revenge match towards the Mexican may favor the Liverpool-born fighter.
Moreover, Canelo known as Smith out after he defeated Daniel Jacobs final month. With each Canelo and Smith underneath the DAZN banner, the struggle may very well be negotiated simply between Oscar De La Hoya (Golden Boy Promotions) and Eddie Hearn (Matchroom Boxing). The WBA would even be focused on having its “Super” and “Regular” champions going through off.
Chris Eubank Jr. (28-2, 21 KOs)
After successful the IBO title with a formidable show towards James DeGale (25-3-1, 15 KOs) in February, Eubank has moved as much as No. 2 on the earth rating. Important enhancements have been made in Eubank’s combating model and his protection would give Smith a take a look at. Eubank has a sufficiently big persona to promote the struggle as a principal occasion to boxing followers within the U.K., but when Smith desires to proceed to develop his model within the U.S., then he might have to look elsewhere.
Anthony Dirrell (33-1-1, 24 KOs)
The WBC tremendous middleweight titleholder is a potential opponent contemplating Callum Smith’s need to unify the division. Dirrell was final in motion in February, when he defeated Avni Yildirim, so he would have loads of time to organize for a September date with “Mundo.”
Billy Joe Saunders (28-0, 13 KOs)
The WBO champion has already known as out Smith on social media and Saunders would pose a risk along with his southpaw stance and elusive combating model. This could even be an enormous struggle within the U.K., with each males placing their belts and undefeated data on the road. Frank Warren, Saunders’ promoter, has additionally hinted that the struggle may very well be made.
Daniel Jacobs (35-3, 29 KOs)
After shedding to Alvarez in May, “The Miracle Man” has expressed the potential of stepping as much as tremendous middleweight and what higher approach than to tackle the No. 1-ranked fighter within the division. Each males are signed to Matchroom Boxing, so negotiations could be easy sufficient to make.