One of boxing’s pound-for-pound best will be back in action later tonight (Sat., Dec. 19, 2020) live on DAZN from inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, as Canelo Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KO) returns to the ring to challenge Callum Smith (27-0, 19 KO) for the WBA (Super) and WBC super-middleweight titles.
Alvarez, who will be making his first appearance since parting ways with Golden Boy Promotions earlier this year, is coming off a sensational knockout victory over Sergey Kovalev in November of 2019. The win helped push Canelo’s record to 11-0-1 over his last 12 bouts, including other key victories over Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs. This will be another opportunity for Alvarez to prove he can move up in weight and still be an effective boxing superstar.
A 2019 Boxing Writers Association of America Cus D’Amato Manager of the Year nominee, Kahn has his finger on the pulse of what’s going on inside and outside of the ring. Kahn has managed numerous world champions and currently manages 20 fighters through his company, Fight Game Advisors. He can be seen and heard weekly on “The Fight Guys” on YouTube.
Alvarez defeated Golovkin with a controversial majority decision in Las Vegas in 2018.
“I am absolutely open to fight anybody,” Golovkin said after his win.
“Whatever is the best opportunity for me, for business. We will wait for tomorrow to see who wins. I hope it is a great fight, but I am open for anyone.”
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith Fight card, odds
- Canelo Alvarez -650 vs. Callum Smith (c) +475, WBC and WBA super middleweight titles
- Frank Sanchez vs. Julian Fernandez, heavyweights
- Marc Castro vs. Luis Javier Valdes, bantamweights
- Austin Williams vs. Isiah Jones, middleweights
- Christian Alan Gomez Duran vs. Angel Hernandez, welterweights
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith Fight Prediction
It’s a credit to Alvarez’s greatness that he can so effortlessly bounce between a trio of weight classes from 160 to 175 pounds and still carry both his power and instincts as a finisher. But despite being the smaller man in recent title bouts against the much bigger Rocky Fielding at super middleweight and Sergey Kovalev at light heavyweight, Alvarez played the role of stalking power puncher looking for the finish.
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith Fight preview
Smith is the youngest of four brothers who became professional boxers from Liverpool, England. Older brother Liam Smith was TKO’d in the ninth round by Canelo for the WBO light middleweight title in Sept. 2016.
However, Smith is six inches taller than his older brother, and this fight will be held two weight classes above the fight with Liam. Canelo most recently defeated Sergey Kovalev at 175 pounds for the WBO light heavyweight title, so fighting at 168 pounds over a year later shouldn’t be of major concern.
Smith will try to use his size to keep Alvarez away from his body, where he can cut him down to size. Meanwhile, Alvarez will have to figure out how much power Smith can generate from his right hand as he looks to close the gap.
“While we know what to expect with Canelo, his fights with Daniel Jacobs and Sergey Kovalev were definitely competitive. In fact, his fight with Kovalev was anyone’s to win in the 11th round until Canelo stopped him,” Kahn told SportsLine