Canelo Alvarez v Callum Smith Preview: Canelo Alvarez’s Top 5 Fights

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Canelo Alvarez goes in search of his 54th win of his career on December 19 when he challenges Callum Smith for the WBA (Super) and Ring super middleweight titles, here we take a look at Canelo's top five fights throughout his amazing career.

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Canelo Alvarez v Shane Mosley (May 1012)

For the early part of his career, Canelo was fighting local Mexican fighters and the odd American and British boxers like Lanardo Tyner, Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes. He was getting through them no problem, but it was only when he fought Shane Mosley that people started to take real notice of him. The fight against Mosley was his fourth defence of his WBC light middleweight title, and Canelo proved too much for Sugar Shane as he won a unanimous points decision is spectacular fashion as the 40-year-old had no real match for the Mexican.

Canelo Alvarez v Amir Khan (May 2016)

Canelo’s only professional defeat came in September 2013 when he lost on points to a minority decision against Floyd Mayweather, but four fights later he was showing his superiority by knocking out Amir Khan. Now Khan is both liked and hated in Great Britain, so many people enjoyed seeing him sprawled on the canvas as he was knocked down in the sixth round and was unable to get up and continue.

Canelo Alvarez v Liam Smith (September 2016)

This fight against Callum Smith on December 19 will not be the first time Canelo has fought against a member of the Smith family. He took on brother Liam for the WBO light middleweight title at the AT&T Stadium in Texas on September 17 2016. Smith gave a good account of himself, but Canelo proved too strong and was knocked down in the seventh before hitting the canvas in the ninth to lose his title at the third attempt.

Canelo Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin II (September 2018)

The fight everyone wanted to see in the middleweight division was Canelo versus GGG, and we all got our wish when they fought to a split decision draw. They fought again a year later with Canelo this time claiming a majority decision verdict over GGG to win the WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring titles to be crowned the king of the middleweights.

Canelo Alvarez v Sergey Kovalev (November 2019)

Canelo became a four-weight world champion in November 2019 when he moved up to light heavyweight. He took on Russian Sergey Kovalev at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas with the WBO title on the line. Canelo proved he can fight at any weight by grinding Kovalev down before ending it in the 11th as he landed a right-hand punch on the Russian’s jaw and knocked him clean out.