Canelo Alvarez puts a beating on Callum Smith to become unified super middleweight champion

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If there was any doubt of who the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing is, Canelo Alvarez cleared it Saturday night.

Alvarez battered Callum Smith from start to finish to win by unanimous decision (119-109, 119-109, 117-111) to capture the WBA (Super), The Ring, and WBC super middleweight titles from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. DAZN News also scored the fight 119-109 for Alvarez.

"Smith is a great fighter, but as you see, I did a great job," Alvarez said through an interpreter in his post-fight interview. "I'm the best in the world. I showed what I am. I feel great at 168 (pounds). I don't want to fight with the scale. I want to unify. I want all the belts. It doesn't matter who is there."

From the opening round, Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) came out and let Smith know it wasn't going to be his night. He walked Smith down, pumped the jab, and started digging his patented left hook to the body. As the minutes ticked away, Alvarez kept getting better. He landed the harder, crisper shots. Alvarez rocked Smith on more than one occasion in the ninth round and looked to be moments away from putting him away.

To Smith's (27-1, 19 KOs) credit, he exemplified the heart of a champion. The Englishman continued to throw and try to force the issue. However, Alvarez showed excellent head movement and superb footwork that caused Smith to continue to miss wildly. Even when Smith did connect, the punches didn't faze Mexico's native. The 30-year-old walked through them and continued stalking Smith, hurting him with one vicious power shot after another en route to become the unified world super middleweight champion.

Now, what's next for boxing's biggest star? Alvarez says he wants all the belts at 168 pounds, so fights with IBF titlist Caleb Plant and WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders could be on the horizon.

But the one many boxing fans want to see is the trilogy bout with IBF middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin, who beat Kamil Szeremeta  by seventh-round TKO on Friday night. Alvarez and Golovkin fought to a highly controversial split draw in September 2017 in a fight most felt "GGG" won. They stepped back in the ring one year later, with Alvarez winning a close majority decision. When asked about the trilogy fight by DAZN's Chris Mannix, Alvarez smiled while the limited crowd cheered. The 30-year-old didn't say yes but didn't say no, either. He did make it clear, however, that he ducks nobody and wants to face the best opponents possible regardless of weight class.

"I don't run from nobody," Alvarez said. "I fight against the best. If (Golovkin) wants to fight, I'll take it. I fight against the best. I feel more mature. I feel better."

Here is what happened at Canelo vs. Smith.

Canelo vs. Smith results

  • Canelo Alvarez def. Callum Smith via unanimous decision (119-109, 119-109, 117-111) to win the WBA (Super), The Ring, and WBC super middleweight titles
  • Marc Castro def.  Luis Javier Valdes by knockout at 1:59 of the third round
  • Frank Sanchez def. Julian Fernandez via knockout at 1:35 of the seventh round
  • Raymond Ford def. Juan Antonio Lopez by knockout at 1:14 of the seventh round
  • Austin Williams def. Isaiah Jones via TKO at 1:29 of the first round
  • Robert Greenwood and Alexis Eduardo Molina go to a majority draw (39-37 Greenwood, 38-38, 38-38)
  • Christian Gomez Duran def. Angel Hernandez by knockout at 1:54 of the third round


Callum Smith is in the house

The WBA (super) and The Ring super middleweight champion of the world Callum Smith has arrived. 



Raymond Ford drops Juan Antonio Lopez twice to earn seventh-round stoppage

Ford def. Lopez via knockout at 1:14 of the seventh round. Ford starts to slowly get Lopez against the ropes when he throws a winging right hook to send Lopez to a knee. While on a knee, Lopez is shaking a tad. Lopez is looking at the referee and shockingly allows him to count to 10 and the fight is over.

Impressive performance by Ford. This is the kind of test he needed. Lopez forced the issue and connected on a couple solid shots and definitely won two rounds. Ford got the rounds necessary against a tough veteran. Don't like Ford saying in his post-fight interview that he took a round or two off. At this level, you have to supreme focus the entire time.



Canelo has arrived

Canelo Alvarez has made his way into the Alamodome.



First knockdown of the fight

Near the end of round one, Ford and Lopez were exchanging when Ford lands a short right hook to send Lopez to a knee. Lopez survives the round. Can Ford close the show in the second?

Raymond Ford returns to action

Up next at Canelo vs. Smith is Raymond Ford versus Juan Antonio Lopez in featherweight action. Ford (7-0, 3 KOs) is a former National Golden Gloves champion who is a great young talent. Lopez (15-7, 6 KOs) has won two of his last three.

Lopez should provide Ford with a good test to see where he's at.

Major announcement

Eddie Hearn just announced that Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez will meet for the second time on Saturday, March 13 for Estrada's WBC and The Ring along Gonzalez's WBA (super) super flyweight titles on DAZN.

Estrada and Gonzalez fought in November 2012 with the latter winning by unanimous decision. The first fight was all action and the second go around should be the same.

Austin Williams wipes out Isaiah Jones in 89 seconds

Williams def. Jones by TKO at 1:29 of the first round. Williams wasted no time whatsoever. A straight left hand flush on the chin makes Jones stumble into the ropes. Recognizing he has Jones ripe for the picking, Williams unloads to the body and upstairs. The referee gives Jones a chance but the barrage is too much for Jones to handle and the fight is stopped. 

I said Williams needed to shine on the big stage and he did just that. You couldn't ask for a better showing. A great way to kick things off.



Main card begins

The main card of Canelo vs. Smith begins with Austin Williams meeting Isaiah Jones in middleweight action. Jones (9-3, 3 KOs) competes for the fourth time in 2020, going 1-2 up to this point. Williams (6-0, 5 KOs) is a highly touted prospect who has notched back-to-back stoppages. 

A showcase for Williams. Let's see if he can deliver on the big stage.


Welcome to DAZN News' live coverage of Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith for the latter's WBA (super), The Ring and vacant WBC super middleweight titles. It's always an exciting night when arguably the biggest name in boxing steps through the ropes. So, grab some refreshments and enjoy the action.

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