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Canelo v Golovkin III winner primed for Callum Smith at Anfield in 2020

World Boxing News 30/05/2019
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Callum Smith looks set to host a massive homecoming event against Canelo Alvarez or Gennadiy Golovkin at Anfield in 2020.

‘Mundo’ hasn’t fought on Liverpool soil since September 2017, having claimed the Ring Magazine title at super-middleweight in 2018.

Smith is now being lined up for a huge event on Liverpool Football Club’s hallowed turf next year.

Anfield successfully applied to host concerts and sporting events recently. The venue has since secured the likes of Take That and Pink for appearances.

A massive boxing card ticks a big box for the five-time European Champions. Smith is being presented by promoter Eddie Hearn as the answer.

Firstly, Smith must take care of French ex-world title holder Hassan N’Dam in New York. Smith will then compete in another contest later in 2019.

Canelo and Golovkin are expected to meet again in September. A potential spot on the undercard awaits the 29 year-old Smith.

Once that night is in the record books, Hearn will be laying the groundwork for the winner of Canelo v Golovkin to battle Smith on Merseyside.

DAZN is already reported to be interested in the show.

Knowing some huge fights await him, Smith intends to make a statement on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

“I’ve had a good camp. I’m looking forward to walking to the ring as a World Champion for the first time in my career,” said Smith.

“I worked so hard to get where I am. Now the task is to keep hold of my titles and target those big fights. To have my first defence at Madison Square Garden is going to be special. It’s another box ticked for me personally.

“People call it the Mecca of Boxing and I’ve always seen it as a venue that I’d love to fight at one day. The minute that there was a chance of it happening I pushed to make sure that I could be part of this show.”


N’DAM

On N’Dam, Smith revealed the former WBO and WBA middleweight ruler is a familiar face.

“N’Dam is a good fighter and he’s a former World Champion. He’s only lost to three top fighters and he’s got some great wins on his record.

“I had him over in England to help me prepare for George Groves so we know each other well. He’s a good mover, has good footwork and can move around the ring pretty well.

“Experience is on his side and he’s an awkward guy to face. Saying that, he’s definitely a fighter that I should beat and get rid of if I’m on my game.

“I believe that I’m improving all of the time – I’ve even improved since winning the World title. I believe that I’m the best Super-Middleweight in the World.

“There’s a few fighters in my division who probably disagree with that and rightly so. If I am the best on the planet then I should be able to get rid of Hassan N’Dam and look good doing it.”

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