Boxing News At Five | Feb 08 2019

Boxing News at Five: Smith moving up to face Kovalev a “possibility”, ‘Chunky’ DeGale calls Groves a “doughnut”

Callum Smith is open to moving up in weight and challenging Sergey Kovalev, while James DeGale is still annoyed by the recently retired George Groves
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Boxing - James DeGale & Lee Selby Press Conference  |  Action Images/Matthew Childs

LIVERPOOL’S Callum Smith is gunning for unification fights at super-middleweight following his seventh-round stoppage of George Groves last September but is also happy to entertain the idea of moving up a division and fighting a Russian light-heavyweight.

The Russian light-heavyweight in question is Sergey Kovalev, back in the game after last weekend’s revenge victory over Eleider Alvarez, and Joe Gallagher, Smith’s coach, insists a meeting of Smith and the WBO light-heavyweight king could be a possibility if they find themselves running dry at 12 stone.

“The unification fights, that’s what we want, that’s what we’ve said to [promoter] Eddie Hearn,” Gallagher told Sky Sports.


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