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Callum Smith Officially in Line For Benavidez-Yildirim Winner

Callum Smith could well be one step closer to a unification showdown.

The 29-year-old was most recently in action against his mandatory challenger John Ryder at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.

Smith, who dethroned George Groves last September in Saudi Arabia to win the World Boxing Super Series, was bloodied and bruised, exclusively live on Sky Sports & DAZN, as he controversially kept hold of his WBA Super, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine world titles.

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And while ‘Mundo’ (27-0, 19 KOs) admitted he must be better if he is to get his dream night at the Anfield stadium of his beloved Liverpool Football Club, potentially against a big name such as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, it appears that another avenue has opened up to another big fight.

It was revealed on Wednesday that Smith has been made the mandatory challenger to Mexican-American David Benavidez, the WBC champion, on account of him owning and defending that aforementioned WBC trinket.

Before the two belts can be unified, though, 22-year-old ‘El Bandera Roja’ (22-0, 19 KOs) must defend his against Avni Yildirim.

The Turkish fighter, who was iced by Chris Eubank Jr. in the World Boxing Super Series’ first season, is the previous number one contender and will get his opportunity on January 25, 2020 at a venue to be confirmed.

But still, if Smith is to get that date with destiny in front of plenty at Anfield –– which his brother Liam says is “90 per cent done” –– he will more than likely need a ‘Canelo’ to do the numbers.

 

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Comment by Sweet Scions on 12-06-2019

[QUOTE=Phill lynott;20232209]Benavidas would have a tough time with Ryder also. Maybe not as tough as Smith had. Smith lost that fight and he knows it. Smith would look better against Benavidas and probably win. That's a matchup that favors Smith.…

Comment by Griever0730 on 12-06-2019

[QUOTE=DJrabit;20231646]Benavidez will avoid the fight because that’s what PBC fighters do.[/QUOTE] Benavidez is gonna destroy Yildirim & he's gonna batter Smith. Smith has never been impressive in any of his fights against lesser guys, & the Ryder fight was a…

Comment by Phill lynott on 12-05-2019

Benavidas would have a tough time with Ryder also. Maybe not as tough as Smith had. Smith lost that fight and he knows it. Smith would look better against Benavidas and probably win. That's a matchup that favors Smith. If…

Comment by CaptainWalrus on 12-05-2019

Smith, Plant, Benavidez & Canelo. 168 is solid. Smith's last fight not great, but don't give up on him.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 12-05-2019

[QUOTE=DJrabit;20231646]Benavidez will avoid the fight because that’s what PBC fighters do.[/QUOTE] Why would Benavidez avoid the fight? :lol1: Smith is a Brit hypejob. It would be easy work.

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