British super-middleweight champion Callum Smith has revealed that his sights are firmly set on WBC world champion Badou Jack and not George Groves.
Smith was speaking to Sky Sports News HQ after his spectacular win over Rocky Fielding at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night.
The two unbeaten fighters ultimately ended up in a slugfest in the first round, with Smith landing the more accurate and hurtful punches which resulted in a stoppage that many didn’t envisage would come so soon.
Having moved to 18-0, the 25-year-old has now been tipped for a world title shot in 2016 as he is ranked number one by the WBC and is in line to face Jack sooner rather than later.
It remains to be seen whether or not Smith gets that opportunity in his next fight, or whether he must fight in a final eliminator first prior to getting his shot.
Regardless, the talented super-middleweight is clearly on the path towards a world title and insisted that unless the terms were right and things fell into place to make the Groves fight the most appealing option, he would continue to chase his ultimate goal.
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen what Groves does next as he continues to plot his comeback from the third defeat of his professional career. The ‘Saint’ lost a split decision to Jack in Las Vegas in September, and having ended his partnership with former trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick, he will likely be looking at a ring return in early 2016.
That is unlikely to come against Smith, and so British boxing fans will have to wait to see another grudge match while James DeGale is also in the conversation given that he currently holds the IBF belt in the division.