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Promoter Eddie Hearn believes that super-middleweight prospect Callum Smith would beat George Groves as the pair could face off as early as next year.
Smith faces Rafael Sosa Pintos in Leeds on Saturday before an official eliminator against Nikola Sjekloca in Liverpool on November 22 on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly vs Tony Bellew 2.
The WBC eliminator would put the 24-year-old in a strong position to face either Anthony Dirrell or George Groves in 2015, with the pair set to meet for the title early next year despite the American’s protests over how Groves doesn’t deserve a shot at his belt.
While Smith’s trainer, Joe Gallagher, revealed on the Sky Sports Toe 2 Toe podcast this week that Groves is “firmly in Callum’s sights and that is the fight we want”, Hearn has insisted that Smith has what is required to beat Groves despite his relative inexperience.
As the calibre of his opposition steps up over the coming months, Hearn believes that Smith will be ready to face his fellow Brit, and has backed him to beat the 26-year-old as he continues to emerge as one of the brightest talents in boxing.
Meanwhile, his brother, Paul Smith, is awaiting a verdict from the WBO following his controversial loss to Arthur Abraham in Germany last weekend, with many expecting them to order a rematch by making Smith his mandatory challenger.