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

Published 12/20/2020, 1:09 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


The return of Canelo Alvarez lived up to the hype as he outclassed the unbeaten Callum Smith for the WBA and WBC (vacant) super-middleweight titles.

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Although the contest went to the judges’ scorecards, it was a lopsided victory for Alvarez, who dominated most of the fight. From the very beginning, Canelo Alvarez became the aggressor and dictated his range brilliantly.

He was the shorter man in the ring. However, through his skill and experience, he nullified that disadvantage with apparent ease.

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Callum Smith landed some prominent shots. But, they weren’t enough to seal the day. Moreover, he was pushed to the corner multiple times and was worn out by the last round.

While Alvarez and Smith were fighting the last round of their bout, the Brit looked towards the clock and the entire Alamodome broke out into ‘Boos’.

Smith was confident ahead of the fight and appeared confident of maintaining his unbeaten run. This may have prompted the boos as he seemed to want the fight to end.

However, fans will laud ‘Mundo’ for making it to the end despite being schooled for a large part of the 36-minute contest.

Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith was a fight for the fans

The event brought fans back to the arena, and it thrilled Matchroom CEO Eddie Hearn to do so. There’s no denying fans got what they expected.

It was a full-length fight between two super middleweights who gave their best in the ring. Following the gruesome encounter, Alvarez bagged the win (119- 109, 119- 109, and 117-111) on the scorecards. It was Smith’s maiden defeat, but he showed the heart of a champion.

The entire boxing community had their eyes on the matchup. From Claressa Shields to Edgar Berlanga, everyone has hailed Alvarez. However, they also praised the former WBA champion ‘Mundo’ for dancing against the Mexican giant.

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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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