News | Aug 13 2019

Callum Smith vs. Billy Joe Saunders targeted for April or May 2020

A super-middleweight fight between champions Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders seems a natural one to make but won't happen until next year
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George Groves & Callum Smith Public Work-Outs  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

THEY may now share the same promoter and TV broadcaster but don’t expect super-middleweight champions Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders to share a ring anytime soon.

Even though Saunders, 28-0 (13), has joined forces with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, also Smith’s promoter, all the immediate talk is of Saunders, the WBO super-middleweight champion, one day fighting Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, the two undisputed money-making stars of the sport.

Fellow Brit Smith, the WBA champion at 168 pounds, should be the more realistic target for Saunders at this point, but, bizarrely, the pair’s shared nationality could end up being more of a curse than a blessing – at least in the short term.


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