CONTROVERSIAL: Teddy Atlas Reveals How ‘Golden Goose’ Canelo Alvarez Can Lose to Callum Smith

Published 12/19/2020, 9:50 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during 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 Al Bello/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez is the ultimate favorite for his fight against Callum Smith, where he will challenge the Brit for his WBA strap and the vacant WBC super-middleweight belt. The vacant WBC belt will also be up for grabs.

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However, 6’3” tall ‘Mundo’ Smith has an immense advantage in reach and he can pose some serious challenge to the Mexican gladiator. Although Alvarez has beaten taller opponents in the past, Smith can still be a threat inside the ring.

Veteran boxing analyst and trainer Teddy Atlas backs Alvarez to walk away with the win. But, he also touched upon how Smith can win at the Alamodome.

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In his recent podcast, Atlas pictured the fight. He appeared a bit vexed at Alvarez for enjoying all the glory and super-stardom. Meanwhile, Atlas also labeled him as the “golden goose”.

Atlas said, “Definitely the golden goose for years in boxing has been Canelo, and to slaughter that golden goose, it’s gonna (be) with the judges in cooperation with it. It’s gonna take quite a bit,… but you know for that to happen, because the power, set B, will make sure Canelo doesn’t lose a decision. As long as he still standing or being helped to stand maybe.”

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Despite focusing on Alvarez’s advantages, Atlas didn’t rule out Smith’s chances in the fight. He credited the Brit’s opportunities and predicted him to be the winner in certain scenarios.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA, and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Atlas continued, “But that doesn’t mean that he can’t legitimately lose the fight and it could be controversial, we could fight about it, we could argue about it, we have seen that before. We could say it was a terrible robbery, we have seen that before. We could say all those things… It surely doesn’t mean it can’t be a competitive fight.”

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Tonight will be big for both the pugilists. They have multiple titles to fight for, which will further enrich their legacy. Although Alvarez is the favorite, he cannot afford to lose at such a delicate stage of his career.

Do you think Callum Smith can hand a defeat to Canelo Alvarez?

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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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