World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight finalist Callum Smith has admitted a clash with potential stand-in Chris Eubank Jr. doesn’t appeal to him as the Liverpool man continues preparations for a fight with George Groves.
‘Mundo’ heard rumors of Eubank Jr. potentially being drafted in for the final of the WBSS tournament and has now put on record that any decision to replace Groves wouldn’t be welcomed.
Smith wants a shot at the WBA title currently in the possession of Groves and says he’s willing to wait until later in 2018 for the contest to become a reality.
“I was told June 2, then I was told June 29, and I was hearing if Groves wasn’t ready, it was going to be Eubank Jr,” Smith exclusively told Sky Sports.
“I’m hearing now maybe there is a chance it could go back to August-September. I’m in training and I’ve got to expect the unexpected.
“If they turn around and say it’s Groves or Eubank Jr on June 29, then I’ve got to go with that date.”
On the Eubank Jr. reports, Smith added: “It was all over social media that Eubank Jr was stepping in, it was official and stuff, and it was never official. Nothing had been confirmed to us.
“Then I was hearing maybe there’s a chance they could put it back for Groves, which is what I want. I would rather wait one, two, three months to fight George Groves,” confirmed Smith.
Commenting further on whether Eubank warrants a place in the finale despite losing badly to Groves, Smith believes the Brightman man has to earn his place.
“It depends on what grounds does he deserve to walk right back into another big fight, with big purses and stuff,” said Smith.
“Not many boxers do. If they lose, they go down, and probably need another good win to put them back in the mix, but if they say they want to use someone who has already been in the tournament, then he’s probably the best name out of them, and the name that sells the best.
“Maybe Eubank sells more than any other fighter who has been in the tournament, so I understand where they are coming from, that part of it.
“If it’s going on those grounds, you have to use someone previously, then he probably does deserve it.
“But in terms of going into a final, having already lost in a semi-final, then no he doesn’t,” he added.