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Callum Smith fight: Who could champion face in Anfield super fight? Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and Billy Joe Saunders in contention

Callum Smith has made no secret of the fact he is targeting a big fight at Anfield next year.

The Scouser previously boxed on Tony Bellew’s show at Everton’s Goodison Park in 2016 and now dreams of creating his own special night at the home of Liverpool – something promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed is in the works.

Callum Smith is the WBA and Ring Magazine super-middleweight champion

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Callum Smith is the WBA and Ring Magazine super-middleweight champion

Anfield beckons for Callum Smith

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Anfield beckons for Callum Smith

In 2018, Smith dethroned George Groves to win the WBSS super-middleweight tournament and become WBA world champion, however he has not landed a marquee fight since.

The 29-year-old defends against mandatory challenger John Ryder on Saturday night.

Providing he comes through this, he could be facing one of the following big names next…

Canelo Alvarez?

You never say never, but it appears unlikely that Mexican superstar Canelo would travel to the UK to take on Smith.

The middleweight and light-heavyweight world champion, who also owns the WBA ‘regular’ super-middleweight belt, holds all the cards in North American boxing and is expected to continue fulfilling his DAZN contract stateside.

Canelo knocked out Kovalev in the penultimate round

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Canelo knocked out Kovalev in the penultimate round

Gennady Golovkin?

GGG is also on a big contract with DAZN, but has travelled to the UK before to take on Kell Brook in 2016.

The Kazakh sensation is now a two-time middleweight champion, but could look to move up in weight to become a two-division ruler against Smith next year.

Golovkin lost to Canelo last year

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Golovkin lost to Canelo last year

Billy Joe Saunders?

Perhaps the most common-sense option is WBO super-middleweight champion Saunders.

Both he and Smith are British and hold belts in the same division. Neither are massive names, though a domestic unification fight could change that.

Billy Joe Saunders is an unbeaten two-weight world champion

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Billy Joe Saunders is an unbeaten two-weight world champion

Chris Eubank Jr?

Unlike everybody else on this list, Eubank Jr is now aligned to a different promotional company to Smith as he’s linked to Al Haymon’s PBC.

Still, he holds the lesser-recognised IBO belt at super-middleweight and could make for a big-name British opponent for Smith at Anfield.

Eubank Jr achieved a career best win over James DeGale earlier this year

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Eubank Jr achieved a career best win over James DeGale earlier this year

Sergey Kovalev?

Following his defeat to Canelo, Kovalev now has a two-fight deal with DAZN and is in perfect position to offer Smith a big introductory fight at light-heavyweight.

The Russian is a former three-time champion at 175lbs and a big name in world boxing.

Sergey Kovalev previously unified the titles

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Sergey Kovalev previously unified the titles

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