Smith, who is unbeaten and holds the WBA (Super) and The Ring titles as the consensus No 1 at 168 pounds, has been given the golden ticket to face Canelo on the biggest stage and finally prove his worth, with his size at the weight thought to give him a chance against the stocky, but smaller man in Alvarez.
The styles make for an intriguing contest, with Canelo’s famous bodywork likely to be the perfect answer for Smith’s size, which should provide a sizeable target over the 12 rounds, and the Liverpudlian will need to provide a much more impressive performance to hang with Canelo based off his last performance, a controversial decision over John Ryder – who fights on the undercard, more of which below.
When is the fight?
The fight takes place on Saturday 19 December, meaning both men will have been out of the ring for more than a year when they take centre ring.
Where is the fight?
The fight will be at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, with fans set to be in attendance, unlike the majority of cards since the global coronavirus pandemic.
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How can I watch it?
What time will the fight start and when are the ring walks?
The main event ring walks will be anywhere between 4 and 5am UK time.
What are the odds?
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Canelo’s power and precision will be simply too much, as will his chin. He’ll be able to endure any punishment from Smith while countering to the body – it will be a good fight and Canelo will give rounds away but he should be able to finish Smith inside the distance here.
What have they said?
Canelo: “I’m very happy to return to the ring and continue to make history.
“I am motivated to continue to be the best, and I look forward to fighting Callum Smith, who is one of the best at 168lbs.”
Smith: “I’ve been wanting a big fight since becoming world champion, so I’m so 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 168 pounds is my division.”