WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith has one eye targeted on Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Smith will return to the ring on June 1, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The unbeaten champion will defend his belt against former beltholder Hassan N’Dam, as part of the undercard to the heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz.
But the man at the top of Smith’s wish-list is Canelo, who in 2016 knocked out Callum’s older brother Liam Smith.
Last year, Canelo moved up to super middleweight and knocked out Rocky Fielding in three rounds for the WBA’s “regular” title at 168. Smith knocked out Fielding in one round.
Canelo currently holds the WBC, WBA, IBF world titles at middleweight – but says it’s very possible that he’ll move up to super middleweight once against in the near future – and named Smith as a potential foe.
Smith would rather face Canelo – than any other potential foe at 168-pounds.
“Listen, it’s a fight that makes a lot of sense to me if he wants to come up to super-middleweight. I’ve made it clear that it’s the big fights that appeal to me most and they don’t come any bigger then taking on Canelo. They’re some good fights to be made in my division because you’ve got good fighters like Caleb Plant and David Benavidez, but Canelo is the one that stands out,” Smith said to Sky Sports.
“I know I’m the best super-middleweight in the world at this moment and I’ve got a fight coming up on Saturday night so my mind is on that. After that there’ll be a chance to sit down and take a proper look at everything, but I won’t lie, the Canelo fight is the one that stands out more than most for me.”