Callum Smith has sent out a warning to Saul Alvarez declaring that he is the top dog at super-middleweight, as “Mundo” gets ready for his all British showdown with John Ryder this weekend in Liverpool.
The Mexican star was named as a four-weight world champion with a brutal late stoppage over Sergey Kovalev to win the WBO light-heavyweight belt, cementing his status as one of the pound for pound’s best.
Liverpool’s Smith has been linked with a mega fight against Alvarez in the past and believes he should be a natural opponent, if ‘Canelo’ returns to super-middleweight following a WBA title win over fellow Merseysider Rocky Fielding last December.
Speaking to the media Smith has been quoted as saying “I think he will come down, whether he goes back to 160[lbs] or 168[lbs], I’ve no idea,”
“I’ve seen an interview, saying he’d consider cruiserweight. I don’t know, but if he comes to 168, I believe I’m the No 1 in that division, so he’ll have to come and beat me to take that place.
“But I’m not going to waste my career waiting for a fight that might never happen. If it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, there’s still plenty of other big fights.”
Smith makes his next defence of the WBA ‘super’ title against John Ryder in his home city, this Saturday evening, and the World Boxing Super Series winner has plans of showing the Londoner exactly why he believes he is number one in the division.
“He’s had a career of ups and downs, and he’s probably on the biggest up of his career now,” said the 29-year-old.
“He’s coming off a few good wins in fights where he’s probably the underdog, and he’s managed to pull it off, so his tail is up so to speak, but I’m in very good form myself.
“I feel I’m in the form of my career. Now I’m ranked No 1 in the world for a reason and I just feel the best version of me beats any version of John Ryder, even if he’s at 100 per cent.
“It’s more just focusing on myself and I believe the best version of me beats any super-middleweight in the world. As long as I turn up, then I should be a little bit too good for John.”
Written By Kenny Leavett.