WBA world super-middleweight champion Callum Smith has said he hopes to fight before the end of 2020, even if it is not the mega money fight he wants.
Smith (27-0, 19 KOs), 30, from Liverpool, England, is still waiting on news of when he will fight again after last boxing in November and has been linked to a fight with Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
“There is no news at the minute, I’m in regular contact with [promoter] Eddie Hearn and we’re trying to get something sorted for the end of the year,” Smith told ESPN.
“We thought we would have crowds back by now which is why we have waited this long without fighting. All the fighters that were waiting for crowds to return will have to just get on with it now, we can’t afford to wait anymore because we might have to wait ages for crowds.
“It’s been frustrating but it’s not just me that’s been affected, all boxers have and people from different walks of life, so you can’t think you are the victim.”
Boxing without crowds means reduced wages, and reports suggest crowds at sports events in the UK might not happen until April.
“It will be less money and that’s why some fighters were holding out and hoping to get some money with crowds,” Smith said.