Billy Joe Saunders Calls For Callum Smith Unification Next

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Billy Joe Saunders (27-0, 13 KOs) is ready for a unification on the biggest stage, after he manages to win on Saturday.

Saunders is already looking ahead to a unification clash with WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith (25-0, 18 KOs).

Saunders will first have to capture the vacant WBO 168-pound title when he faces Shefat Isufi at Lamex Stadium in Stevneage, UK.

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And Smith will have to overcome Hassan N’Dam, when they collide on June 1 as part of the Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Their promotional alliances will make it interesting to see if a deal can ever be reached. Smith is with Eddie Hearn Matchroom, and Saunders is handles by Frank Warren.

“I will make the Callum Smith fight, if he wants it, the day after I win,” Saunders said to The Mirror. “I’ll get my team on the phone and if we can do that fight, then let’s make it.

“He’s a brilliant fighter at 168 and I’d be willing to sign for a unification the day after I fight. He’s done very well, he’s achieved so much and I have a lot of respect for him. But it’s a fight I believe I can win.

“He will believe his size will play a big part in it, but I haven’t been beaten on British soil since I was 13. I have a good record here and I believe I can beat any super-middleweight or middleweight in the world.”

“I think a world title brings out the true colours in people. Let’s see how they react if you want a unification because a lot of people are blinded by the dollar bill. All us British fighters, we’re not getting any younger and we need to get these big fights on and give them to the fans and the public.

“We don’t want to do a Matthew Macklin/Martin Murray or Darren Barker situation. All of us have got to start fighting each other to see who the best is so we can answer the fans’ questions. I’m very excited because I think winning this title will open a lot of doors for me.”

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