Callum Smith Says Canelo Alvarez Intentionally Injured His Left Arm

Published 12/21/2020, 3:42 AM EST
Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) and Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


Despite having a severe disadvantage in height and reach, 5’8” Canelo Alvarez outpointed a 6’3” Callum Smith throughout the 12 rounds of their fight for the WBA and WBC (vacant) super-middleweight titles.

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It was a lopsided show from Alvarez, who secured the win via decision on a margin of 119-109, 119-109, and 117-111.

Although he couldn’t stop Callum Smith in the ring, it wasn’t only a tactical showdown. Alvarez dealt some serious damage, which was prominent on Smith’s left hand.

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After the long fight, ‘Mundo’ suffered a serious injury on his left arm. There was a massive sore, and it depicted how hard Alvarez was hitting him.

It was absolutely intentional and Alvarez wanted to damage Smith’s left arm.

After the fight, Smith connected with Boxing Social and revealed that he knew Alvarez’s intentions from the very beginning. He even mentioned the same to his corner.

‘Mundo’ said, “It was intentional. I knew from the first round that. I said to Joe in round one, ‘He’s aiming for my arm.’ Every right hook he was throwing, he was going for my arm.”

He added, “And then I think I said to Joe in round four or something, ‘My arm is f***ed.”

Reporter Michael Benson also clarified that Alvarez intentionally put those shots to curb Smith’s defensive abilities. This showed fans how Canelo nullified certain disadvantages at the Alamodome.

What’s next for Canelo Alvarez?

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After beating the unbeaten Smith, Alvarez has two super-middleweight belts on his shoulder. However, he dreams to unify the division and might have to surpass Billy Joe Saunders or Caleb Plant in the coming days.

Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez is introduced before his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout against Callum Smith at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, Alvarez can even opt to drop down to 160 lbs, which is regarded as his best weight class. He is a four-division world champion now and has one of the best resumes in the sport.

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What’s more? Canelo Alvarez is just 30-year-old. So, he still has a long way to cover. It is safe to say, the great puncher might depart as the greatest of all time.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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