Canelo Alvarez is a worldwide superstar and a four-division world champion. On December 19 he will challenge Callum Smith for his WBA (Super) and The Ring super middleweight titles, but who actually is Callum Smith?
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Canelo Alvarez v Callum Smith Preview: Who Is Callum Smith?
Casual boxing fans will have heard of the Smith brothers but could have problems picking out which one is which. Without being too disrespectful to the Smith family – Callum is the better one.
Callum Smith will not be a stepping stone for Canelo Alvarez, we all know how good Canelo is, but unless your name is Floyd Mayweather he can’t go on for ever and someone will be ready to take up the mantle – why can it not be Smith?
Smith is unbeaten in 27 bouts and is the current WBA (Super) and Ring magazine super middleweight campion after knocking George Groves out in Saudi Arabia in 2018 to win both titles and also be crowned World Boxing Super Series super middleweight champion.
The Liverpool-born fighter had to go through 24 rounds of boxing with unanimous decisions over Erik Skoglund and Nieky Holzken to set up his clash with Groves and set him on the path for his first ever world title.
Smith has been turning heads since he turned professional in 2012, and during that time he has held the English super middleweight title, the WBC International super middleweight title, the WBC Silver super middleweight title, the British super middleweight title and European super middleweight title.
Callum Smith is a champion, that is safe to say. If anyone thinks that Canelo will just walk through Smith, then they have another come coming. Don’t get me wrong, I am not expecting Smith to win this one, but this will be Canelo’s toughest test since he fought Mayweather in 2013.
Canelo Alvarez v Callum Smith Preview: What Is Smith’s Record?
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Canelo Alvarez v Callum Smith Preview: How Good Is Smith?
Callum Smith is a fantastic fighter, and he will give you value for money every time he steps foot into the ring. Whether that is going the full distance or dispatching his opponent in the first few rounds – Callum Smith will put on a performance.
Smith will never duck a challenge – that is why he has taken the Canelo fight – he wants to be the best and will face anyone in order to do that.
Many people think that Smith has a point to prove considering his showing in his last fight. He was taken all the way by John Ryder in his second title defence with many believing Ryder had done enough to win the belts, but the judges saw things differently and awarded him a unanimous decision with baffling scores of 117-111, 116-112, 116-112.
Smith is allowed to have an off day, because he will ensure he doesn’t perform as badly as that again. He knows how close he became to losing his titles, so he will be fully prepared to take on Canelo.
The 30-year-old has shown in the past that he has the punching power to knock any opponent out. He destroyed Rocky Fielding – who would later win the WBA title and lose it to Canelo – in the first round as he knocked Fielding down three times.
He once again showed his power when he left Groves spark out in the seventh round. It was an even contest up until then, but Smith showed his killer instinct by landing numerous shots on Groves before sending him to the canvas with a hard body shot and brutal uppercut.
Canelo Alvarez v Callum Smith Preview: Can Smith Beat Canelo?
Let’s get this out there, I am a massive Callum Smith fan. I have followed his whole career, as I have with brothers Stephen, Paul and Liam, and I do actually think he can beat Canelo – but unfortunately, I don’t think he will.
Canelo is a different animal and has only lost once throughout his whole professional career. This will be an almighty tough test for both fighters. Canelo is supremely talented, while Smith doesn’t know how to quit.
This could actually be one of the best fights of the year. If Smith won it would without doubt be the greatest win of his whole career, I just think Canelo will have too much going into the later rounds.
Don’t chalk it off as a massive upset if Smith wins, because I honestly do believe he has a chance, but maybe I am ruling with my heart instead of my heart, so my professional answer is that Canelo will beat Smith and take his titles.