Four-division world champion Canelo Álvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) is set to make his return to the ring after one year as the Mexican boxing icon is reportedly going to face Callum Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) in December in Texas.
Canelo vs Smith, potentially for the WBC super-middleweight belt
The fight will mark the WBA (Regular) super middleweight champion Canelo Álvarez’s return to boxing since his 11th-round TKO victory over Sergey Kovalev back in November 2019. Meanwhile, Smith holds the WBA (Super) super-middleweight title as well as the WBC Diamond and Ring magazine titles.
However, according to Salvador Rodriguez from ESPN, the fight could be for the vacant WBC super-middleweight title, previously held by David Benavidez who was stripped off of the title after missing weight against Roamer Alexis Angulo back in August.
Álvarez vs Smith is expected to be held at either the AT&T Stadium in Arlington or the Alamodome in San Antonio will be scheduled between Friday, 18th to Sunday, 20th December.
Back in April, Callum Smith opened up about his long-standing desire to fight Canelo and revealed he had even lowered his numbers to face the Mexican, however, any chances of a fight had been deemed null due to the prevalence of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I didn’t get the fight (against Canelo) but I’ve got no regrets about it. I did everything I could to get it and even lowered my number,” the Brit said in April.
DAZN, Golden Boy may return as broadcasting partners for Canelo Álvarez
After more than a year-long hiatus from boxing, Canelo Álvarez parted ways with DAZN and Golden Boy last week and is currently a free agent. Callum Smith, who is currently with Matchroom Boxing, also had his last fight since November last year after defeating John Ryder.
Be that as it may, there is a possibility that DAZN might still carry the fight, as Smith’s promoter Matchroom works with DAZN. On the other hand, Alvarez will likely be serving as his own promoter but can associate with either DAZN or Golden Boy as broadcasting partners.