The day has arrived: after more than a year of not providing a boxing function, tonight Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez He will put on his gloves again and step into the ring to face the best exponent of the pthat super middle, the british champion Callum John Smith.
While the rebound in coronavirus infections (COVID-19) has whipped U.S, forcing a reconfinement, the 30-year-old Mexican fighter managed to carry out the combat in front of 12 thousand spectators in a bubble that has encapsulated the stadium Alamodome de San Antonio, in Texas.
It is worth mentioning that this it will be Saúl’s first fight as a free agent, after last September did not reach an agreement with Golden Boy Promotions, of the former champion Oscar de la hoya, and the streaming platform DAZN, which he sued.
But far from taking it as bad news, he noted that this separation will benefit his search for combats with pure elite boxers from different promoters.
A very dangerous rival
Indeed, one of the most constant criticisms of his boxing career, both by experts and by users on social networks, is that his former promoter used to choose your rivals carefully so that the Mexican public would not see him fall in the ring.
However, Smith is a different rival. In addition to having a brand of 27 wins, zero losses and 19 knockouts, be is the current world champion of the World Boxing Association (WITH) and be ranked by ESPN As the number one at 168 pounds, It has certain advantages over the Jalisco.
And it is that, Callum measures 1.91 meters, He is 18 cm taller than Álvarez (1.73 m tall), so it has a range advantage about eight inches; both qualities are the most of any opponent in Alvarez’s career.
Therefore, the Briton who is also 30 years old, uses his jab with great frequency when throwing 39.6 average per round. To combat that size and use of effective distance, it is important that Canelo use his body attack, something that has always been one of the strengths to neutralize his opponents.
“He has very good qualities, and so do I. It’s going to be a tough but very good fight. With the experience I have, the reality is that if you are taller or shorter, it does not matter. It doesn’t mean much to me “declared the Mexican after the weigh-in ceremony on December 18.
What is in game
Saúl’s goal is clear: beat Callum Smith and then unify titles in their category, out of 168 pounds, which would be the first mexican to be a super middleweight champion of all organisms.
Therefore, in this confrontation the super middleweight championship of the World Boxing Association (WITH) and the World Boxing Council (CMB).
Also, with a win over Smith, Canelo could overtake the American. Terence Crawford as the best boxer pound for pound, a title that could only get Julio César Chávez in 1992.
About how much would i earn in this role, after an agreement with the promoter of his rival, Matchroom Boxing, the tapatío would have guaranteed USD 20 million, although this figure could increase thanks to pay-per-view sales, as the combat will air in 200 countries around the world, according to information from the newspaper The universal.
The statistics are on the Mexican side
Although several experts indicate that he still has much to convince, Álvarez’s trajectory speaks for itself, with victorias about future Hall of Famers as Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Gennadiy Golovkin and its only defeat coming in the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Canelo has recently been characterized for not having a fixed weight. In his last four bouts he has fought (and won) between 160 and 175 pounds and now he will seek to make 168 his permanent home. What’s impressive about so much weight fluctuation is the consistency, in which he has landed despite divisional changes. His hitting accuracy of 36.8% is second best in all of boxing. (only Miguel Berchelt connects more) and the best among all current super middleweights.
In accordance with Beach, online sports betting platform, the Canelo leaves as a favorite in contention, with a mum of -111Meanwhile, Callum Smith remains down in the odds of winning, with a odds of +750.
It should be remembered that Saúl’s last fight was the Nov 2, 2019, when he defeated the Russian Sergey Kovalev at light heavyweight of the World Boxing Organization (OMB), to become four-time champion.
Where and what time to watch the fight
The fight may be followed by DAZN in the United States and Mexico through TV Azteca, TUDN, Space and ESPN. Starfight is scheduled to kick off the 9:00 p.m. Mexico.
In U.S The fight will begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 6:00 p.m. Central Time, and 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. For its part, in South America the fight will begin at 23:00 in Bolivia, Paraguay; 22:30 in Venezuela; 21:00 in Peru, Colombia and Ecuador and at 00:00 on Sunday in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil.
Tickets were only marketed electronically, since it was one of the measures that was implemented for the event, in addition to attendees must wear face masksAt the entrance, antibacterial gel will be applied and their temperature will be taken and the healthy distance will be respected.
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