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The Callum Smith conundrum

Callum Smith is a WBA super-middleweight champion and arguably the UK's best fighter yet currently finds himself in limbo, writes Elliot Worsell
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George Groves & Callum Smith Public Work-Outs  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

Callum Smith is the WBA super-middleweight champion but could, according to his coach, Joe Gallagher, be all that and more if only he is given the chance.

He could, Gallagher believes, replicate his super-middleweight success at light-heavyweight. He could be recognised as Britain’s best pound-for-pound fighter. He could be a pay-per-view star. He could, in the end, go down as one of the greats. But first he must be acknowledged, respected and rewarded.

With the room now crowded, and the window of opportunity liable to slam shut when you least expect it, Gallagher has warned Smith’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, that they are serious about getting a move on and, moreover, not opposed to moving on from Matchroom Boxing if that’s what it takes.