Austin Trout (30-2, 17KOs) says he is willing to come to the UK to face undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion, Liam Smith (22-0-1, 12KOs).
Trout, a former WBA world champion, has won his last four fights in a row, with three of them by way of knockout. He is currently ranked number two by the WBO and is keen to force mandatory defence unless Smith decides to step up to the plate beforehand.
“I hope to make it to the point where he has no choice, but we know Liam Smith, he’s a bulldog, he’s a fighter, and I’m sure he’s not running from anybody.
If the WBO doesn’t make him fight me, I’ll go and get another belt and then we’ll unify. But either way, if he keeps hold of that belt, I’m coming for it.
I would love to come across the pond. I’ve been wanting to get back to England since my amateur days.” Trout said whilst speaking to Sky Sports.
Smith, who claimed the vacant WBO title in October 2015 with a brutal knockout victory over John Thompson has already made his first voluntary defense against an unbeaten Jimmy Kelly, who he was able to stop in seven rounds.
In comparison to his recent opponents, facing the likes of Trout would be a big step up in competition for Smith.
Joe Gallagher, Smith’s trainer, understands what a threat Trout can be and told Sky Sports “Austin Trout is a good fighter. We’ve seen what he did against Alvarez and some thought he even won the fight. Liam is a world champion now and it’s up to his team to make the right choice.”