Callum Smith Says Canelo Alvarez is Not Invincible- ‘He Switches Off’

Published 12/15/2020, 9:55 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 07: Canelo Alvarez (L) throws a left at Amir Khan during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion, Callum Smith, is confident about landing an upset against Canelo Alvarez this week.

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Despite being the underdog, ‘Mundo’ believes to have decoded Canelo’s game plan and knows exactly what needs to be done inside the squared circle.

The 30-year-old has watched some of Alvarez’s latest fights, vowing to have pinpointed the Mexican’s weakness. That said, Callum Smith claims to have found flaws even in some fights where Canelo Alvarez departed with a win.

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The Brit ranked himself over Alvarez’s past opponents, citing a different outcome when they collide on December 12th. However, it is still not a small task.

Alvarez is one of the best in the game and has lost only once against Floyd Mayweather Jr, 7 years ago. Now, he is a unique specimen with matured skills and fight IQ.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Nonetheless, Smith’s confidence is unshakeable as he envisions to vanquish his nearing adversary on the fight night. He connected with Matchroom Boxing to shed some light on the matchup, sending boxing fans into a frenzy.

Smith said, “Kovalev had a lot of success in that fight, and even the Jacobs fight, I thought, no Canelo did win it but Jacobs won a lot of rounds and even a lot of Canelo’s wins is as good as they are, he loses rounds. He isn’t invincible.”

‘Mundo’ added, “He (Canelo) is a very good fighter when he is on form, but he switches off, and he can’t lose rounds, and I have just got to take that confidence that I can do even more than Kovalev did.

“I am not 37, I am young, I am in my prime years. I am a world champion and I just got to get tactically right, which I believe Kovalev was doing early on.”

Canelo Alvarez has a lot on the line

Following a massive contractual dispute with Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN, Canelo Alvarez’s hasn’t fought for more than a year.

That also puts his superstar persona on the line since he doesn’t have Golden Boy on his back anymore. A defeat at this delicate stage can harm Alvarez a lot.

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But considering his fight IQ and vast experience, he is still a treacherous threat for Callum Smith. That means a win will add Smith’s WBA belt and the vacant WBC title on Canelo’s shoulder.

The Mexican superstar will grab a lot of attention in return. He seemingly can’t afford to lose. All these factors make it a nail-biting event and a great year-ending card for the sport. No hardcore fan can miss out on the action this weekend.

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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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