Joe Smith Jr may emerge as a shock contender to struggle Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez if he retains profitable, his supervisor says.
Smith Jr retained his WBO light-heavyweight title earlier this month by knocking out Steve Geffrard.
Pound-for-pound phenomenon Canelo has but to substantiate his first transfer of 2022 – though he has choices throughout a number of weight divisions, together with light-heavyweight.
Requested if Smith Jr was an possibility, his supervisor Joe DeGuardia mentioned: “Actually, however that can rely upon Canelo’s plans as to when it may happen.
“Joe simply has to maintain profitable and I feel a Canelo struggle will occur.”
Smith Jr beforehand mentioned: “If Canelo desires to come back and struggle me, I am prepared for him. That is the struggle I need. All people would like to see that struggle – it could be a giant deal.”
And promoter Bob Arum has mentioned: “Canelo has expressed curiosity to me about preventing Artur Beterbiev or Smith Jr.”
Smith Jr can also have Britain’s Anthony Yarde as an possibility for his subsequent struggle.
Artur Beterbiev (IBF and WBC) and Dmitry Bivol (WBA) additionally maintain belts at light-heavyweight which Canelo may goal.
Canelo beforehand raided the light-heavyweight division by knocking out Sergey Kovalev to win the WBO belt which Smith Jr now holds.
The good Mexican is at present the undisputed super-middleweight world champion.
He had thought-about a courageous transfer to cruiserweight to problem world champion Ilunga Makabu, and he additionally counts Jermall Charlo, the WBC middleweight champion, as a critical possibility for his return.
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