Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith Title Fight Preview
The best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport today will make his 2020 debut less than a week before Christmas. Fight fans have been eager to see Canelo Alvarez in action once more. Alvarez (53-1-2 with 36 KOs) has won titles in four different weight classes, but he hasn’t graced the ring since beating Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight title last year. That will change this Saturday when he takes on Callum Smith (27-0 with 19 KOs) for the WBA, WBC, and The Ring super middleweight titles.
Alvarez is a sizable favorite over Smith per the boxing betting odds. This Matchroom Boxing event will be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, December 19. The promotion will be available through DAZN with the main card starting at 8 p.m. ET and Alvarez and Smith are expected to enter the ring around 11 p.m. ET.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith Betting Odds
Canelo Alvarez -570
Callum Smith +450
We were originally supposed to see Alvarez in action against Billy Joe Saunders on Cinco de Mayo weekend, but that fight was called off due to COVID-19. Alvarez is only 30 years old, but he already has 56 fights under his belt since he started his professional career at the age of 15 in Mexico.
Alvarez’s first major title came in March 2011 when he won a unanimous decision over Matthew Hatton for the WBC light middleweight belt. He defended that strap five times over the next 18 months and scored a very impressive victory against Sugar Shane Mosley during that stretch. Alvarez added the WBA and The Ring light middleweight belts to his waist with a unanimous decision win over Austin Trout before suffering his first and only loss.
The great Floyd Mayweather Jr. was too much for Alvarez, but Alvarez was competitive in a majority decision loss. He moved up to middleweight and defeated Miguel Cotto to win the WBC and The Ring middleweight belts in November 2015 and defended those straps with a sixth-round KO of Amir Khan. That set up his two mega-fights against GGG and he secured a split decision draw and majority decision win in two of the best performances of his career.
Alvarez put on some more weight to win the WBA super middleweight belt against Rocky Fielding two years ago, and he defended his middleweight titles while adding the IBF belt against Daniel Jacobs last Cinco de Mayo. As one of the best counterpunchers in modern boxing, he is extremely difficult to defeat.
Smith is the toughest opponent Alvarez has faced since taking on GGG for the second time. Smith is unbeaten over his eight-year professional career. He beat Rocky Fielding faster than Alvarez did in November 2015 for the British super middleweight title, and he secured a first-round knockout of Hadillah Mohoumadi five months later to win the European belt.
He came to international prominence by defeating Erik Skoglund, Nieky Holzken, and George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series to win the WBA and The Ring super middleweight belts. Smith defended those titles with a third-round TKO of Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam last June, and he picked up a unanimous decision win over John Ryder last November.
This will be Smith’s biggest challenge yet, and he knows that a win would lead to fame and fortune. However, he is a substantial underdog coming into this fight.
Smith has the talent and stamina to go the distance, so the best bet in this fight is the over.