Via Knitting Ambrosio: Eddie Hearn says he’s interested in staging a match between IBF, WBC & WBO lightweight champion Artur Beterbiev and Callum Smith at the upcoming M&S arena in Liverpool.
Hearn said negotiations have begun for the WBC-ordered fight between mandatory challenger Callum (29-1, 21 KOs) and Beterbiev (19-0, 19 KOs) and Callum.
Smith, 32, is now free after withdrawing from a game against Pawel Stepien on Saturday night due to injury.
Hearn wants the Beterbiev-Smith fight to take place in Callum’s hometown of Liverpool and he believes it’s possible.
Another alternative is to hold the war in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi, which will make Smith a lot of money.
“He wants that match against Beterbiev. Now we obviously know that the match against Beterbiev is on, but in an ideal world he would be in the ring on Saturday night and go through the process, winning by margin and preparing for the next round. that big game,” said Eddie Hearn ABOUT iFL TV regarding Callum Smith’s withdrawal from the match against Pawel Stepien previously scheduled for this Saturday night in Liverpool.
“The plan was to fight in preparation for the Beterbiev war. I want to stay active,” said Callum Smith. “Like Eddie said, I went to full camp and worked hard, not fought and got paid. Unfortunately.
“I have to look at the end goal, which is to be a world champion. Ideally I want to win and participate in a world belt war. I still believe I will be world champion this year,” Callum said.
“No, but it will be ordered,” Hearn said when asked if the battle between Beterbiev and Callum Smith was a done deal. “The WBC has written to all parties and said, ‘We will honor the month of Ramadan for Beterbiev,’ but then negotiations will begin and hopefully go smoothly.
“He’s been to the UK before and already has a model between Top Rated and Beterbiev, and we’d love to do the fight at Echo or M&S. It was a great fight for that arena. We want to do it outside, but Anfield is not possible this summer.
“I just feel it is a special arena. For a fight like that, it would be great to do it in Liverpool. Probably so,” Hearn said when asked if the Beterbiev vs. Would Smith make more money if held in Abu Dhabi?
“Callum is the smaller challenger, but it’s still a big name in the fight. If you asked him where he would rather work, the answer would be Liverpool. Beterbiev may want more money, and maybe the economy will only work in the Middle East.
“But we will do everything we can to bring the battle to Liverpool,” Hearn said.
“I want it in Abu Dhabi,” Smith said.
“With Beterbiev, it might be a little easier to do it in the Middle East. If there was more money and his religion too, I’m sure he’d enjoy fighting out there too. We’ll have to see, but the good news is that that process has already started with WBC and he will have a chance to become a two-division champion.
“I think about winning, I think you have Dmitry Bivol, Artur Beterbiev, Callum Smith, and then you have Anthony Yarde, Joshua Buatsi, and a lot of good boxers. But for me, Callum is a better domestic boxer than everyone else because of the record he has achieved in his career and because of his quality,” Hearn said.