Canelo Alvarez to face Ring super middleweight champ Callum Smith on December 19
Canelo Alvarez’s long-awaited return to the ring is now professional.
Guadalajara’s Alvarez (fifty three-1-2, 36 knockouts) will face Liverpool’s Callum Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) with Smith’s WBA and Ring tremendous middleweight titles on the line December 19. The Athletic is reporting that the combat may grow to be in Texas.
Canelo demonstrated the battle by the use of social media on Tuesday.
🇲🇽 Este 19 de diciembre será mi regreso al ring para enfrentarme a Callum Smith.
🇺🇸 i’ll be returning to the ring on December 19th to face Callum Smith. #TheP4PKingIsBack #CaneloSmith pic.twitter.com/HDJqK44JOF
— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) November 17, 2020
Smith will try to safeguard his titles for the third time since he scored a seventh-circular knockout of George Groves in September 2018. Alvarez owns a secondary version of the title, one that The Ring doesn’t appreciate.
A victory for Alvarez would make him a true four-division world champion.
In a shocker, Alvarez will return to DAZN whom he changed into squaring off in court with just a couple of weeks in the past. The bizarre reunion comes after Alvarez effectively cut up with Golden Boy Promotions, with whom he at first signed a $365 million contract to be a part of the sports streaming service in October 2018.
In a one-combat deal, Alvarez, who continues to be a WBA/Ring champion at a hundred and sixty kilos, will work with Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn, who additionally serves as the promoter for Smith.
Smith’s two defenses of the title have include a blended bag of outcomes. The 30-year-historical knocked out Hassan D’Dam N’Jikam remaining June in new york, followed by using a disputed victory over countryman John Ryder ultimate November in a hometown scrap.
“Ever on the grounds that beating Groves I’ve desired to be a part of the biggest fights and it doesn’t get any greater than this. Canelo is The Ring magazine champ at middleweight and he steps as much as problem for my number one repute at tremendous middleweight. I in reality agree with i’m the top of the line within the division and will prove it on December 19,” Smith instructed The Ring.
STN sports, a company-new boxing management enterprise that launched simply remaining week, signed Smith on the promise that they would deliver massive. and they came through for their client with a doubtlessly career-defining clash.
Sean O’Toole of STN sports: “To deliver a career defining chance like this for Callum is a wonderful feeling. We understand how a whole lot this capacity to him and are delighted to bring on his long awaited dream fight. here is a battle we all consider he can win – a battle for you to put his identify amongst the best possible pound for pound warring parties.”
in addition to status, Smith can additionally obtain revenge, as his older brother Liam, a former junior middleweight titleholder, became knocked out within the ninth circular through Alvarez in their September 2016 title combat.
after they step into the ring, each warring parties will be coming off long layoffs. however, this has been a familiar position for Alvarez in fresh years.
After two fine drug exams for the banned substance clenbuterol that left him suspended for six months, Alvarez back in September 2018 after very nearly a yr out of the ring to outpoint Gennadiy Golovkin of their a whole lot-predicted rematch to turn into a unified middleweight world champion.
Alvarez settled on Smith after discussions with Premier Boxing Champions to land a battle with unbeaten titleholder Caleb Plant (20-0, 12 KOs) got here to nothing.
GET THE latest issue at the RING shop (click here) or Subscribe