Boxing News At Five | Feb 14 2019

Boxing News at Five: Kovalev wish list includes Smith, returning Mayorga compares himself to Jesus Christ

Sergey Kovalev's team show interest in Callum Smith fight, while Ricardo Mayorga welcomes debutant to the pro game in a six-rounder
Callum Smith
World Boxing Super Series Super-Middleweight Final - George Groves v Callum Smith - WBA World Super-Middleweight Title  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

LIVERPOOL’S WBA super-middleweight champion Callum Smith is on the hunt for big fights, either at his natural weight or light-heavyweight, and recently found himself linked to one against the WBO ruler at 175 pounds, Sergey Kovalev.

Be careful what you wish for seems to be the message from Team Kovalev, however. According to Kathy Duva, the Main Events CEO and promoter of Kovalev, they would be more than happy to oblige Smith and welcome him to the light-heavyweight division at some point in 2019.

“As my friend [promoter] Barry Hearn well knows, Callum Smith has been on our wish list for a long time,” Duva told Sky Sports.