By Elliot Foster
Callum Smith has his eyes firmly on a super-fight with Saul Alvarez – but it looks like another option could be on the horizon.
The 29-year-old took out Hassan N’Dam inside three rounds at Madison Square Garden in New York last weekend to keep his WBA Super, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine super-middleweight titles.
Smith wants to take on the former WBA ‘regular’ champion ‘Canelo’, potentially at Anfield, with talks ongoing for the fight to take place before the end of the year.
But a fight with current WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders, who held the same title down at middleweight before moving up and beating Shefat Isufi at the Lamex Stadium in Stevenage back in May for the vacant crown after Gilberto Ramirez relinquished it to move up to light-heavyweight, is now also an option, it seems.
That’s according to Frank Warren, Saunders’ promoter, who says it’s an easy one to make.
“From our end, it’s not an issue,” he said in an interview with iFL TV. “It’s an easy fight for me to make.
“They’re both champions, so it’s a 50/50 deal. Straight down the middle. They both bring something to the table, they’re both super British world champions.
“It’s a great fight, a great fight for the fans, not a problem with me. One phone call and it’s done.”
Warren then claimed to have made an offer to Gallagher to make the fight, but responding on social media, ‘Mundo’s’ trainer and manager said he had “received no offer.”
Warren, however, added: "We’ve made an offer to them, I spoke to Joe Gallagher, his trainer.
“He told me that his next two fights are already planned out, although one of them has gone, so he’s got another one. Then there’s talk about it for next year.
“But Callum isn’t going to make super-middleweight next year, Joe knows that, so let’s get it on.
“He had a super win at the weekend, beating Hassan N’Dam, so that sets it up for him to be in a big fight.”
Warren went on to reveal that Saunders is likely to return around September time.