Callum Smith will NOT face Gennady Golovkin, trainer Joe Gallagher has exclusively revealed to WBN.
The Liverpool-born puncher is instead pursuing a super-middleweight unification contest or a clash with pound-for-pound legend Andre Ward.
“Callum Smith v GGG is not happening. I don’t know why the name keeps getting mentioned. There is no Smith v GGG,” Gallagher exclusively explained to World Boxing News.
“Golovkin has to fight (Jermall) Charlo next, which is a good fight. He (GGG) isn’t at 168 and Callum is looking towards a unification contest or the Andre Ward fight.”
A former super-middleweight and light-heavyweight unified world champion, Ward retired undefeated last year after toppling the previously undefeated Russian Sergey Kovalev twice.
However, Ward’s manager, James Prince, recently hinted towards the possibility of a return to boxing in the near future.
And, according to Gallagher, a blockbuster showdown at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium is very much on the cards.
“Callum Smith’s next target is Andre Ward (both pictured below by Mark Robinson and David Spagnolo). We’ve said it from day one after the (George) Groves fight in Saudi Arabia,” he pointed out.
“We’ve told Eddie Hearn and we’ve spoken to Andre Ward’s manager, who said last week that it will happen if the offer is right.
“It’s up to Sky, Eddie Hearn and Andre Ward to make this happen in England at Anfield, Andre Ward is our number one priority.”
Gallagher admitted, though, that his fighter may potentially vacate his super-middleweight titles to secure one of the biggest fights in British boxing history, but praised his fighter’s ambition.
“We may have to move up in weight to light-heavy to fight him, but the Andre Ward fight is a big fight even without any belts
“This shows that Callum wants to test and motivate himself.
Speculation is rife, however, that Ward may take a fight against undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
“I know there’s talk of Andre Ward v Oleksandr Usyk, but we were first up, we were the ones that called him straight away.
“Callum Smith v Andre Ward is a super fight. It’s massively bigger than Usyk-Ward. Usyk has the belts, but not the following (of Ward).
“The Americans have seen the big stadium fights in Britain now, they want a part of it.
“Can you imagine Callum Smith walking out to 50,000 people singing You’ll Never Walk Alone at Anfield?
“I’ll be annoyed if it doesn’t happen,” Gallagher concluded.
James Copley is a Staff Writer for World Boxing News. Follow James on Twitter @JamesCopley73