Pound-for-pound number one Canelo Alvarez returns to the ring on December 19 to challenge WBA super-middleweight and Ring Magazine champion Callum Smith. BettingPro.com has a full rundown of everything you need to know for this big world title fight.
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Canelo v Smith Date: When Will Canelo v Smith Take Place?
Canelo Alvarez v Callum Smith will take place on Saturday, December 19 (early hours of December 20 UK time). Alvarez has not fought since knocking out Sergey Kovalev to become WBO light-heavyweight champion on November 2 of last year, while Smith has not seen competitive action since he bested domestic rival John Ryder over 12 rounds to retain his titles on November 23 of last year. That means that by the time these two men step inside the ring on December 19 neither will have fought for over 12 months.
Canelo v Smith Venue: Where Will Canelo v Smith Take Place?
As soon as the fight was announced it was common knowledge that the bout would take place in the United States. It has since been confirmed that the Alamodome stadium in San Antonio, Texas will be the venue for Canelo v Smith. The Alamodome is capable of holding crowds of up to 77,000 people but promoters will, of course, not be able to hit that mark due to local laws on social distancing. However, a “limited number” of fans will have the opportunity to attend Canelo v Smith, with the final figure yet to be confirmed. Due to the travel ban, British fans are currently not be able to follow Smith to Texas for his big fight, but travel guidance is set to be updated on December 2, 17 days before the bout.
Canelo v Smith UK Time: What Time Will Canelo v Smith Start?
Put the coffee on UK fight fans. This bout is taking place in the United States so that means another late night that British boxing fans have become accustomed to over the years. The Canelo v Smith fight time and running order will not be confirmed until the week of the fight, but if previous world title fights in the US are anything to go by we are unlikely to see Canelo Alvarez and Callum Smith enter the ring until after 3am UK time. That means while the fight is set for Saturday, December 19 it will actually be Sunday, December 20 in the UK before the bout gets underway.
Canelo v Smith UK Time
Fight No Earlier Than 3am GMT
How Can I Watch Canelo v Smith In The UK?
At press time this bout is not scheduled to air on either Sky Sports or Sky Sports Box Office. If UK fight fans wish to watch Canelo v Smith they will need to sign up for the DAZN live streaming service, which was recently launched globally. If that has put you off, maybe the price will not! According to the DAZN website from December 1 “the initially monthly price is set at £1.99 or less for fans signing up to the new DAZN global streaming service”, and you will be able to cancel your subscription at any time.
Canelo v Smith Preview: Who Will Win Canelo v Smith?
As much as UK fight fans would love to see Callum Smith produce a giant upset and avenge one of his brothers’ loss to Canelo, few people expect that to happen. The Mexican ace has established himself as the number one fighter on the planet by beating top fighters in numerous weight classes to become a multiple-weight world champion, and although he may struggle with Smith’s massive size advantage at first it is only a matter of time before Alvarez works out the Liverpudlian and starts landing those spiteful combinations that break down opponents and end up stopping them. Smith will have his moments and stick around for a while, but Canelo should stop it in the second half.
Canelo v Smith Undercard: Who Is Fighting On Canelo v Smith Undercard?
As yet there is no information as to who will appear on the Canelo v Smith undercard on Saturday, December 19 in Las Vegas. However, as fights are added to the Canelo v Smith undercard for the Alamodome we will keep you updated right here.
Canelo Alvarez v Callum Smith Undercard
Fights To Be Announced