News | May 07 2019

Callum Smith wants Canelo Alvarez fight, and vengeance for his brother

Callum Smith tells John Dennen how he would fight Canelo Alvarez
Callum Smith
Callum Smith during the weigh in  |  Action Images

CANELO ALVAREZ, according to his team, would love to fight Callum Smith at Wembley Stadium in the UK. For his part Smith, the WBA world champion at 168lbs, would welcome the Mexican superstar back to the super-middleweight division. The Liverpudlian will defend his title on June 1 at Madison Square Garden but will be quite ready to fight in September, if Alvarez is looking for an opponent, whether it’s in the USA or England.

“They’re the people I want to be associated with, they’re the fights I want to be involved in. That’s what I’m in boxing for, to fight at the highest level,” Smith told Boxing News.

To any boxer, Canelo represents the biggest fight they could secure. But for Smith it would be personal. He saw Alvarez knock out one of his older brothers, Liam Smith, in Texas in 2016. Now a formidable world champion in his own right Callum wants revenge. “Anyone from middleweight to light-heavyweight probably wants that [Alvarez] fight. If the fight was offered to you, it’s a fight I would love and a fight I would jump at,” he said. “It’s just me against Canelo if it does come off and I’d want to win just as much if it was against any other fighter.