Canelo Alvarez Puts the 168 lb Division on Notice: ‘I Want to Unify All the Titles’

Published 12/19/2020, 9:14 PM CST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez poses with his championship belts after his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Golden Boy/Getty Images)


P4P king Canelo Alvarez could have settled his return against any of the big names in the current roster. But, he went with unbeaten 168 lbs divisional head Callum Smith, who boasts of the WBA super-middleweight strap.

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Middleweight great Alvarez will end a year-long hiatus when he sets foot inside the ring. That said, he is ready for the challenges that a Super-middleweight pugilist can bring.

Despite the enormous size disadvantage, Canelo Alvarez appeared confident throughout the build-up. However, is it a safe transition from middleweight to super-middleweight?

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SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 27: Boxer Canelo Alvarez of Mexico trains for his upcoming fight against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, July 27, 2018, in San Diego, California. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Getty Images)

Alvarez doesn’t need to prove anything to his critics, as he is already one of the best of this era. Meanwhile, he is just a 30-year-old and has a long way to go. Hence, the Mexican is gearing up for new challenges ahead.

Canelo Alvarez wants to be the unified super-middleweight champion

A victory against Smith will bring Alvarez the WBA and WBC (vacant) super-middleweight titles. But, he wants to go beyond that after the big night. In a recent press meet, Alvarez revealed why he opted to face Callum ‘Mundo’ Smith.

Canelo said, “Because he (Smith) is number one in this division, in the 168 lbs and Eddie (Reynoso) and I want to unify all the titles at the 168 lbs, and you know he is the best here. Callum Smith is really good at what he does here, and this is why we are here.”

‘Mundo’ has a severe advantage in reach and height. Although Alvarez has faced taller opponents in the past, Callum Smith is still a unique specimen.

The Brit is undefeated and has run through the division against the best. So, he can put some serious pressure on his Mexican adversary.

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Amid all the drama and speculations, it’s a fan favorite fight between two of the best punchers in the active roster. No matter who takes the win, it will be a total win for the fans.

Do you think Canelo Alvarez can retain his dominance in the super-middleweight division?

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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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