By Tim Royner: wba Super World super middleweight champion Callum Smith and his promoter eddie hearn are hoping to put together a unification fight next May against either WBC champ David Benavidez or WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders. Hearn says he would prefer not to make the Callum vs. Saunders fight just yet, because he wants the match to marinate a little more before he puts it together.
Callum to fight in May in liverpool
Smith (26-0, 19 KOs) and Hearn want his May fight to take place in Anfield in liverpool, and they need a world champion like Benavidez (22-0, 19 KOs), Saunders (28-0, 13 KOs) or Saul Canelo Alvarez
David Benavidez defeated Dirrell last Saturday
Benavidez, 22, defeated WBC super middleweight champion Anthony DirrellCanelo, Caleb Plant, Gennady Golovkin or Benavidez for his next fight. Hearn can make the Callum vs. Benavidez fight if he starts working on it soon.
Ryder challenges Callum Smith on November 23
Callum will be making a defense of his wba 168-lb title against his mandatory John Ryder (28-4, 16 KOs) on November 23 on Sky at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
Ryder earned his title shot against Smith by defeating Bilal Akkawy
Callum to fight in Anfield against Saunders or Benavidez
Benavidez will be defending his WBC title against #1 WBC Avni YildirimChris Eubank Jr. destroyed in 3 rounds in October 2018 in the World boxing Super Series 168-lb tournament. Dirrell, 34, was too long in the tooth to expose Yildirim in the same way that Eubank Jr. did.
Hearn: The WBC should order Benavidez vs. Smith
Callum wants any of the three champions at 168
Saunders and Callum need to fight other champions at 168
To transform Callum or Saunders into a popular champion, they need to go across the pond and beat the top super middleweights in the U.S in Benavidez and Plant. Carl Froch increased his popularity in the UK a decade ago by competing in the Super Six tournament against Arthur Abraham, Glen Johnson and andre ward. Callum needs to do the same by fighting Benavidez and/or Plant.
Saunders is fighting on November 9 on the undercard of KSI vs. Logan Paul at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, california. However, Hearn is looking to pick off some of the low hanging fruit for Saunders to defend his WBO super middleweight title against. Hearn was foiled by the WBO in his attempts at getting 2nd tier fighter Denis Douglin
Callum willing to fight at 175
It would be a bad idea for Callum to fight any of the good light heavyweights. dmitry bivolBivol, Artur Beterbiev or Oleksandr GvozdykSergey Kovalev
Canelo & Golovkin fights interest Callum Smith