WBC and WBA middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez is set to fight WBC super-middleweight champion Callum Smith on December 19.
Canelo Alvarez himself took to twitter to announce the match-up. The venue for the fight still hasn’t been revealed yet. The fight will be streamed live on DAZN, the platform he was suing a month ago for $280 Million.
Callum Smith’s WBC super-middleweight title will be on the line for this fight. Canelo also has a version of the WBA’s super-middleweight title, which he won by knocking out Rocky Fielding in December of 2018.
🇲🇽 Este 19 de diciembre será mi regreso al ring para enfrentarme a Callum Smith.
— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) November 17, 2020
“I’ll be returning to the ring on December 19th to face Callum Smith.” Canelo Alvarez wrote on social media.
Callum Smith is excited to take this fight, as it will be the biggest fight of his professional career. The 30-year old Liverpudlian has a professional record of 27-0 with 19 of those wins coming via stoppages.
“I’ve been wanting a big fight since becoming world champion, so I’m pleased that during these challenging times we can deliver to the fans a fight between the very best in the division. I truly believe I beat him and will prove that 168lbs is my division.” Callum Smith said.
Smith is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over John Ryder last year at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. He captured the super middleweight title by knocking out British superstar George Groves in the finals of World Boxing Super Series.
On the other hand, Canelo will be coming back to action after more than a year’s inactivity against arguably one of the hardest hitting 168 pounder in boxing right now. Canelo last fought on November 4, where he campaigned at the light heavyweight division. He took on WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and knocked him out in the 11th round to become four-division world champion.
Tony Bellew gives his verdict on Callum Smith vs Canelo Alvarez
Sky Sports analyst and former WBC cruiserweight champion of the world Tony Bellew gave his analysis for the upcoming mega-fight.
Bellew believes that this will be the biggest challenge of Canelo’s career by far. Smith is naturally the bigger fighter than Canelo Alvarez and the Briton will have a solid eight-inch height advantage over the Mexican.
“Make no mistake, Smith is the test of a lifetime for Canelo,” Tony Bellew told Sky Sports.
“Smith is bigger in size, stronger, undefeated.
“Canelo? I’m not so sure he can deal with the size and the pressure that Smith will bring.
“The biggest shock that Canelo will find? When Callum gets on the inside he is not to be messed with.
“I think Callum can shock the world.
“He will be a heavy underdog because Canelo is pound-for-pound up there with the big boys.
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