BOXING promoter Eddie Hearn is in talks with Liverpool FC as he plans for super-middleweight champion Callum Smith to fight at Anfield in May 2020.
Liverpudlian Callum Smith holds the WBA super-middleweight world championship, the Ring Magazine belt and WBC silver title. And he dreams of defending his crown on home soil in Anfield.
The globetrotting champion snatched the belts from George Groves in the final of the super middleweight World Boxing Super Series final last year, taking place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He then defended in dominant fashion against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam at Madison Square Garden.
Smith will next take-on Londoner John Ryder in Liverpool’s Echo Arena, a possible precursor to his desired big fight at Anfield. Eddie Hearn has confirmed to Nick Peet that he will announce Smith’s blockbuster Anfield homecoming in the ring should he beat Ryder.
The big name that Smith wants to get in the ring is WBC world champion David Benavidez. Hearn is pushing the World Boxing Council to make Smith mandatory to Benavidez’s belt, setting up a huge unification fight.
Hearn is making moves for his fighter after Smith and his trainer Joe Gallagher expressed frustration at not being booked in a fight.