Canelo Alvarez Brutalizes Callum Smith to Win via Unanimous Decision – Targets Unification Bouts Next

Published 12/20/2020, 1:33 AM EST
Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating 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


Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is the new WBA super-middleweight champion of the world.

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The self-proclaimed ‘Face of Boxing’ proved his superstardom yet again with his 54th career victory. The Mexican beat Callum Smith via unanimous decision after a near-perfect performance. The scorecards revealed Alvarez won 119-109, 119-109, and 117-111. And just like the scorecards showed, it was an utterly dominant display.

Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating 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

Alvarez started the fight cautiously, but never let it get away from him. He won all the early rounds and didn’t let Smith find his rhythm. Smith did get into the fight eventually and never let Canelo step on the gas to get the knockout. However, he could not stop the Mexican from taking him apart.

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Canelo landed vicious combinations to the body and mixed it up with a fair share of punches to the face. He cut down the distance expertly and landed left hooks to the body that hurt Smith. Though ‘Mundo’ tried to throw his own, Canelo displayed fantastic defensive skills which resulted in Smith landing only 24% of his power punches as compared to 57% of Alvarez.

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

The stats show just how much Alvarez dominated the fight and completely controlled the former champ. He out-landed him in every department. However, ‘Mundo’ did really well to end the fight on his feet and not get knocked out.

READ:VIDEO: Canelo Alvarez Brings in Mexican Band for His Walkout Against Smith

Canelo Alvarez wants to unify the division

In the post-fight interview, Canelo Alvarez gave an insight into his next move. He said, “Unified. I want all the belts. Doesn’t matter who is there.” [Via translator]

The new champion added, “I don’t run from nobody. I just showed that I fought against the best.” [Via translator]

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Thus, he made it clear that he will fight anyone in the 168 lbs division.

For a fighter who has fought his last 5 bouts in different weight categories, it is a surprise that he wants to stay in the super-middleweight category. However, the other champions in the divisions include Caleb Plant-IBF Champion and Billy Joe Saunders-WBO champion.

Both of these fights would make blockbuster events and thus, it is clear to see why Canelo Alvarez wants to stay in the division. Saunders has already fought in December and Plant will fight in January, so even their schedules could match with Alvarez. Therefore, who do you think the Mexican should fight next?

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READ: Edgar Berlanga, Eddie Hearn, Claressa Shields, and More React to Canelo Alvarez’s Dominant Performance Against Callum Smith

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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