The fight between the Mexican Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez and the undefeated English Callum Smith is official.
This Friday morning, both fighters scored the regulation 168 pounds for their fight for the WBA super middleweight title and the WBC vacancy at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Canelo Alvarez and Callum Smith each scored 168 pounds. Salvador Rodríguez | ESPN
This fight marks the return of ‘Canelo’ Álvarez to the super middleweight after venturing into the Semicomplets division, where he stripped the Russian Sergey Kovalev of the belt, it is also his first fight of 2020 after a year that was marked by a legal battle out of the ring against Golden Boy Promotions.
‘Canelo’ Álvarez arrives 53-1-2 with 36 knockouts, two of them in his last three bouts.
The Briton appears with a perfect 27-0 record, 19 of them on the fast track and also fights for the first time in 2020, his last fight was in November 2019 when he defeated John Ryder by unanimous decision to retain the Super middleweight title of the World Boxing Association.
‘Canelo’ Álvarez is one of five Mexican fighters in history with titles in four different divisions, along with Juan Manuel ‘Dinamita’ Márquez, Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce, Érik ‘Terrible’ Morales and Leo ‘Terremoto’ Santa Cruz.
Since his only professional loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013, ‘Canelo’ Álvarez is 11-0-1 with six knockouts and in world championship fights he boasts a 14-1-1 record (with eight chloroforms).
For Callum Smith this is the third defense of his belt that he won in 2018 after defeating George Groves.
‘Canelo’ Álvarez has a favorable record fighting in Texas and also has experience at the Alamodome, where he defeated Austin Trout by unanimous decision in 2013.
In 2015, he knocked out James Kirkland in three rounds at Houston’s Minute Maid Park and the most recent victory was over Britain’s Liam Smith by knockout in nine rounds to win the World Boxing Organization middle title. (GG) (ESPNDEPORTES)