Boxing News At Five | Feb 22 2019

Boxing News at Five: Usyk and Smith could appear on same US card, Joyce likes the look of WBC title and future Wilder fight

Callum Smith's next fight seems destined for the USA, while Joe Joyce fancies capturing Deontay Wilder's green and gold belt
Callum Smith
George Groves & Callum Smith Public Work-Outs  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

It’s not yet known whether Callum Smith will fight in May or June but what we do know is he’s likely to next appear in America rather than at home.

The talented Liverpudlian had been linked to a fight in his home city, perhaps at Anfield, home of Liverpool Football Club, and sounded excited by the idea. However, Eddie Hearn, his promoter, has said the new WBA champion’s first defence has more chance of landing in the USA – possibly as chief-support to Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight debut on May 18 – due to Smith’s financial demands.

Asked if Smith’s next fight would take place in Liverpool, Hearn told Sky Sports: “Unlikely. He has got to the level where we have to pay him substantial money. May in Chicago or June [in New York] are options before coming back and fighting in a big fight.”