Boxing News At Five | Sep 25 2019

Boxing News at Five: Smith says a fight against Eubank Jnr “has to happen”, Fury sold just 3,577 tickets for Wallin fight in Las Vegas

Callum Smith could be fighting back-to-back Brits this year and next, while Tyson Fury vs. Otto Wallin bombed at the Vegas box office
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Tyson Fury and Otto Wallin in Las Vegas Mikey Williams/Top Rank

ACCORDING to reports, Callum Smith’s next fight will be against a British opponent, but that opponent won’t be Billy Joe Saunders or Chris Eubank Jnr.

Instead, it seems likely Smith will defend his WBA super-middleweight title against John Ryder, a southpaw from Islington who has earned his chance by beating undefeated fighters Bilal Akkawy and Andrey Sirotkin in his last two fights.

That’s not a bad fight by any means, yet still fans would rather see Smith involved in bigger fights against either fellow world champions or fellow Brits with greater profiles. Ideally, if given the choice, they would see him fight Saunders, the WBO champion at super-middleweight who has just signed for Matchroom Boxing.


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