Canelo Alvarez CONFIRMS huge clash for super-middleweight world titles against Callum Smith on December 19 and British star ‘truly believes’ he can shock the world by beating Mexican
- Callum Smith said he ‘truly believes’ he can upset dominant Canelo Alvarez
- Alvarez tweeted confirmation of the fight on his social media platforms
- The Mexican wrote: ‘I’m very happy to return and continue to make history’
- Eddie Hearn added: ‘I’m delighted to be part of this huge fight to close out 2020’
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has announced he will take on Liverpool fighter Callum Smith on December 19.
The pair will face off in the United States just before Christmas with the WBA and Ring magazine world super-middleweight titles on the line.
Smith, undefeated in 27 fights and the WBA super-middleweight ‘super champion’, said: ‘I’ve been wanting a big fight since becoming world champion, so I’m pleased that during these challenging times we can deliver to the fans a fight between the very best in the division.
Canelo Alvarez tweeted confirmation of his next fight against Callum Smith on December 19
Callum Smith (right) has a huge opportunity against one of the biggest names in boxing
‘I truly believe I (will) beat him and will prove that 168lbs is my division.’
Smith had set his sights on the Mexican back in June, saying: ‘If I clean out the super-middleweight division and if he’s in that division then I’m the only fight for him.’
He took the strap after knocking out George Groves in Jeddah in September 2018, and has mounted two successful defences, stopping Hassan N’Dam in New York in three rounds and winning a decision against fellow Briton John Ryder in November 2019.
Canelo, who boasts a 53-1-2 record and is the WBA’s super-middleweight ‘regular champion’ – and is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world – said: ‘I’m very happy to return to the ring and continue to make history.
‘I am motivated to continue to be the best, and I look forward to fighting Callum Smith, who is one of the best at 168lbs.’
Promoter Eddie Hearn said: ‘I’m delighted to be part of this huge fight to close out 2020 and deliver this opportunity for Callum Smith.
‘Canelo is a fearless competitor who constantly challenges himself against great champions and this will be a thrilling battle for 168lb supremacy.
‘It’s a pleasure to be working with Canelo and Eddy Reynoso and we look forward to a spectacular event on December 19.’
Eddie Hearn spoke of his delight that the fight could be made and will take place in December
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