EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Hearn believes Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez wants to face Callum Smith and not Billy Joe Saunders but initial date unlikely now Mike Tyson has confirmed comeback

With Eddie Hearn’s Fight Camp on the cusp of starting its first of four unique events, Matchroom Boxing is getting back in business.

The first event takes place on Saturday at Fight Camp – which is located in the garden of the promotion’s HQ – and is headlined by Ted Cheeseman and Sam Eggington.

Canelo stopped Sergey Kovalev en route to claiming the WBO light-heavyweight title in his last fight and he may now face one of the UK’s best in his next

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Canelo stopped Sergey Kovalev en route to claiming the WBO light-heavyweight title in his last fight and he may now face one of the UK’s best in his next

The fourth event will be headlined by Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin, but the UK government has suggested fans will be able to enter arenas and stadiums in some capacity by October.

With that in mind, Hearn may be plotting his next move for several of his fighters and picking up some business that he had to put on hold thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who from his stable will face Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will certainly be high on his to-do list.

Callum Smith was the front runner when September 12 was mooted as a potential date, especially after Billy Joe Saunders said that would be too soon for him.

Smith is the WBA and Ring Magazine super-middleweight champion

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Smith is the WBA and Ring Magazine super-middleweight champion

With it seeming increasingly unlikely that Canelo will fight on that date – given Mike Tyson makes his return against Roy Jones Jr on the same night – talkSPORT asked Hearn if Saunders had a chance at securing that bout with the moving dates.

“I think that Canelo likes the Callum Smith fight because he’s the super champion and he’s also the Ring Magazine champion, he is on paper the number one super middleweight in the division,” Hearn started.

“I think September 12 looks unlikely and I think it has done for a while now, but all those guys – as you do when you fight Canelo, as you do when you fight Anthony Joshua – you wait for the golden ticket.

Hearn has decided to host boxing events in his back garden and ‘Fight Camp’ will culminate with Whyte vs Povetkin on 22 August

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Hearn has decided to host boxing events in his back garden and ‘Fight Camp’ will culminate with Whyte vs Povetkin on 22 August

“It’s the shot of a lifetime against a true great and Callum Smith is right in the mix, as is John Ryder, as is Demetrious Andrade, as is Dmitry Bivol and a lot of our U.S. guys as well.

“I get the feeling that Canelo would like to fight Callum Smith and it would be an honour for him to share the ring with him,” said Hearn.

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