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‘Callum Smith will give Canelo Alvarez a very good fight’

Two British fighters are in line to get the ‘golden ticket,’ a shot at Canelo Alvarez in the US or Mexico in May, writes John Dennen
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BRITAIN has two super-middleweight world champions, both waiting to see if they will get the “golden ticket,” a shot at Canelo Alvarez in America or Mexico this May.

Alvarez recently won the WBO light-heavyweight crown, when he knocked out Sergey Kovalev in November. But he has now vacated that belt and is likely to compete next at super-middleweight, the division where Liverpool’s Callum Smith holds the WBA title and Hatfield’s Billy Joe Saunders has the WBO belt.

“We’ll just have to wait and see,” Joe Gallagher, the trainer and manager of Callum Smith, tells Boxing News. “It’s like being Charlie at the Chocolate Factory waiting for the golden ticket, to go to Las Vegas or Mexico, because that was a venue that Eddy Reynoso [Canelo’s trainer] mentioned. It possibly could be Mexico in May.”

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