Boxing news: Callum Smith sends message to Canelo, Tyson Fury takes Dillian Whyte’s 2020 mandatory shot at Deontay Wilder

Here is a round-up of the best of today’s boxing news…

Callum Smith tells Canelo Alvarez he’s number one at super-middleweight

Following Canelo’s light-heavyweight title win over Sergey Kovalev, Smith told Sky Sports: “I think he will come down, whether he goes back to 160lbs or 168lbs, I’ve no idea.

“If he comes to 168lbs, I believe I’m the number one in that division, so he’ll have to come and beat me to take that place.

“But I’m not going to waste my career waiting for a fight that might never happen.

“If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, there’s still plenty of other big fights.”

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Callum Smith is the WBA and Ring Magazine super-middleweight champion
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Tyson Fury takes Dillian Whyte’s mandatory shot at Deontay Wilder

Whyte has missed out on his mandatory position for Wilder in 2020 and been replaced by Fury, the WBC president has revealed.

Mauricio Sulaiman explained to Boxing Social: “Dillian Whyte is in a process from an adverse finding from UKAD. It is highly confidential and highly legal.

“We have met with Dillian Whyte, his representatives, we are doing an ongoing investigation, so the fight of Fury against Wilder in February [2020] will be the mandatory of that year.

“We have set the next mandatory for February 2021. If Dillian Whyte is cleared of everything and of the process, he’s confirmed as ‘interim’ champion and mandatory challenger.

“He [would get] that secured February 2021 championship fight against the champion, whoever it is.”

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Whyte must now wait until 2021 for a shot at Wilder
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Eddie Hearn believes Katie Taylor will headline historic UK pay-per-view show in 2020

Hearn said: “Katie Taylor, in my opinion, will headline a pay-per-view next year on Sky.

“But it won’t be in America.

“Really there’s only three fights you can probably do that with, which is Amanda Serrano, Cecilia Braekhus or Delfine Persoon.”

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Katie Taylor is now two-weight world champion
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Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis exchange words

American lightweights Haney and Davis shared a brief back-and-forth over social media as they talked up a potential future fight.

The lightweight stars, 20 and 24 years old respectively, are two of the top fighters in the 135lbs division, although they’re currently separated by promotional boxing politics.

In a recent media huddle, Davis dismissed the way Haney claimed his belt and said: “It’s not his title. I’m not taking nothing away from him, but it’s not his title to actually fight for.

“Once he fights for it, then it’s his, but you can’t just give nobody a title.”

Haney responded with a tweet and Davis hit back.

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