Callum Smith received offer for Billy Joe Saunders fight but he wants to face Canelo
CALLUM SAUNDERS has received an offer to fight Billy Joe Saunders in a unification bout, but wants to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
The WBA super-middleweight champion is coming off the back of a third round KO against Hassan N'Dam on Anthony Joshua’s defeat against Andy Ruiz Jr in New York.
Smith is now looking to unify his super-middleweight belt and WBO champ Saunders, joined by WBA “Regular” champion Canelo are on the Liverpudlian's radar.
Speaking on talkSPORT the 29-year-old revealed he will have a meeting with his management to decide his next fight, and confirmed he has an offer to face Saunders.
However, the 6ft 3in puncher prefers a super-fight with Mexican superstar Canelo, who in May added the IBF title to his collection of middleweight belts beating Daniel Jacobs.
But in December Canelo beat Smith’s ex-rival Rocky Fielding to claim the WBA’s understudy world title, with the Smith fight a potential unification of the organisation’s belts.
News broke on Saturday, though, that WBO light-heavyweight king Sergey Kovalev is Canelo’s No1 target, with the 28-year-old daring to become a four-weight champion.
It leaves the door open for the huge domestic bout between Saunders and Smith, but it would mean a cross-promotion.
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Smith fights for Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing on Sky Sports, while rival promoter Frank Warren looks after Saunders with his fights televised on BT Sports.
With Saunders’ camp sending the offer, it would suggest Smith would have to cross over to BT Sports, something Hearn has previously claimed is not a problem for his fighters.
Matchroom fighter Kid Galahad fought IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington on BT Sports, and lost a contentious split-decision.
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