Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (53-1-2, 36KOs) has finally announced his next fight. The Mexican champ, already champion in four different weight divisions, will face the British fighter, Callum “Mundo” Smith (27-0, 19KOs) next December 19. The boxer native of Guadalajara has made the announcement on his Instagram account: the exact location of the fight, which will surely be in the State of Texas, is still to be defined.
It was in the air and we announced a week ago on this sports news website. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wants to fight and, in order to do so, he decided to leave his former promoters, DANZ and Golden Boy Promotions. Now that the Mexican Super-champion is a free agent, Canelo did not waste any time organizing and announcing his next fight against Callum Smith.
Callum Smith will try to defend for the third time the “Super” WBA title of the super-middleweight, won against George Groves in 2018 and subsequently defended by the assault of Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and John Rider, the latter faced last November 23, 2019. In our opinion, Smith is most dangerous opponent on the list. He has the skills and combinations to be unpredictable also for Canelo and the speed to corner anyone producing massive damages. Our full prediction, however, will be posted in due course.
For some time, there was a talk of a match with the IBF champion, Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (20-0, 12KOs), but then the Mexican decided to opt for Callum Smith. Originally, Alvarez’s plans included a bout in March, in Las Vegas, against Billy “Joe” Saunders (29-0, 14KOs), but the match never saw the light because of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite the legal dispute between Canelo Alvarez and his former partners, DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions, it seems that the match will be broadcasted by DAZN. The promotion is in the capable hands of Eddie Hearn and his company, Matchroom Boxing. To be noted that Hearn is also the promoter of Callum Smith, supposedly speeding up the negotiation between the two champions. However, it seems that Canelo Alvarez is keen to remain a free agent and this match would be a one-time promotion with Matchroom Boxing.
Canelo Alvarez, who does not need introduction, fought one year ago in November when he won before the limit at the eleventh round against Russian Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, conquering the WBO light heavyweight title, later left vacant.