Canelo vs. Smith fought at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Dec. 19. In the evening’s main event, which aired live on DAZN, Canelo Alvarez (54-1-2) and Callum Smith (27-1) collided in a super middleweight title fight. The scorecards read: 119-109, 119-109, 117-111.
Canelo said he felt he was doing a better job, particularly after 13 months off, and that this was one of his career’s best results. In the first round, he said he knew that he should take control from Smith.
“I have showed what I am,” Alvarez told a representative of DAZN.
𝗖𝗔𝗡𝗘𝗟𝗢 𝗕𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗚𝗛𝗧 𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗕𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗥𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗪𝗔𝗟𝗞 🇲🇽🎺
At 168, he said he feels relaxed and that he no longer needs to combat the size. That would mean he was finished at middleweight (although he told me this week that he wasn’t sure he was 160 pounds complete). But he also said that at super middleweight, he aims to unify (which means Caleb Plant and Billy Joe Saunders).
𝙀𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧y of 𝘾𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙪𝙢 𝙎𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙝
Alvarez kind of smiles and rolls his eyes a little when Gennadiy Golovkin is listed. But he still doesn’t really say that he’s not going to fight Golovkin again because it seems that’s still a chance.
Canelo's head movement continues to amaze 💯
Smith, meanwhile, said he fears like he might have outgrown 168 pounds. He doesn’t know like he’s as strong as he was at super middleweight once. Yet he’s giving Alvarez the full props.
What happened at the last round (Round 12): Curious that Alvarez isn’t sitting in rounds on his stool. Actually, he attempts to pace a little. He doesn’t even stand still. He hardly looks as if he’s breathing heavily. A combo of 1-2 from Alvarez. Today, Alvarez appears to be trying to throw even tougher shots.
Callum Smith had to laugh after Canelo dodged his punches in the 12th Round 😂
Alvarez’s Major Right. Like a five-punch combo, Smith throws, but he doesn’t land much. Looks like this KO just wants Alvarez. From Alvarez, left-right left-right, but Smith backs him up. Now both of them are laughing at one another. Smith linked up Alvarez for the first time all night with only a minute left in this round. This crowd boosted him. Here on his feet, Smith is only struggling to survive. And he is. I’ve got this ranking for Alvarez.
In 13 months, Canelo Alvarez hasn’t fought. He was involved with his former promoter, Golden Child, in legal matters, and he struggled to get out of his $365 million DAZN contract. Then there was the trouble of actually choosing a Saturday night rival. But it’s all decided now and Alvarez will rely entirely on Smith, the strongest at 168 pounds. Here’s what you need to hear about the fight between Canelo Alvarez and Callum Smith that you can watch at 9 p.m. on DAZN. ET The et.
Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) may be far bigger physically than the 5-8 Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) at 6-foot-3, but a sheer height disadvantage does not benefit Smith. Alvarez’s only other super-middleweight venture, after all, was against the 6-1 Rocky Fielding, and Alvarez killed him in less than three laps.
But Smith is a much better fighter than Fielding, and there are lots of issues he might present. He’s got a solid punch, and in 2018, he won at the highest stages, including a knockout victory over George Groves.
“Smith has the height, he’s got the reach, he’s got the power, but Canelo Alvarez is really good and he really likes it said Eddie Hearn, promoter of Matchroom Boxing, through William Hill. By working with Canelo and (trainer) Eddy Reynoso, one thing I’ve learned is they’re going to fight all the comers, they’re not scared of anyone, and they want all the champions. And they are genuinely optimistic, and that makes me a little nervous.
He could remain at 168 pounds and attempt to unify the belts with either Billy Joe Saunders or Caleb Plant if Alvarez wins, or he could please all those who want to see him tangle for a third time with Gennadiy Golovkin. This week, Alvarez told me he doesn’t really do anything like a 160-pounder. And now that, on Friday night, Golovkin won his battle in spectacular fashion, those doubts will begin to emerge.
I’m used to this,” this week, Alvarez told me.” I know that these discussions will not go anywhere. But it’s this battle that is my priority. I’m open to it, whatever comes next year. But right now that’s not my priority.’
That said, I’m going to be here all night, offering my round-by-round impressions, interpretations, and unofficial Alvarez vs. Smith scoring.