Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has eventually made his option.
The long-awaited determination on a subsequent date and opponent has eventually been made, as Guadalaraja’s Alvarez (fifty three-1-2, 36KOs) has settled on arguably probably the most bad option. The pound-for-pound king will next face Liverpool’s Callum Smith (27-0, 19KOs), with their tremendous middleweight championship to take place December at a area to be determined in Texas.
Alvarez demonstrated the news by way of his Instagram are living channel on Tuesday.
Smith will attempt the third protection of the title he won in a 7th round knockout of George Groves in September 2018. Alvarez owns a secondary version of the title, even though a win right here will earn him the right to declare himself a true four-division titlist.
In a shock twist—given all that has gone on for the previous few months—the bout will air live on DAZN, marking Alvarez’s victorious return to the sports streaming service with whom he became fighting in court just a couple of weeks ago. The reunion came after Alvarez efficiently severed ties with Golden Boy Promotions, with whom he at the start inked a list-breaking $365 million contract to be a part of DAZN in October 2018.
For this combat, Alvarez will work with Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn—whom also serves as the lead promoter for Smith. For now, it be a fight-by-battle relationship with Hearn and DAZN and at the moment simplest for the December 19 headliner.
Alvarez has been out of the ring because his 11th round knockout ofSergeyKovalev to win a lightweight heavyweight title final November inLas Vegas. The win netted the Mexican celebrity a 3rd authentic divisional title, having claimed lineal championship fame at junior middleweight and middleweight.
Some view Alvarez as a four-division titlist, whereas others disregard the secondary super middleweight title he received in a 3rd circular wipeout of Rocky Fielding. Their December 2018 meet at Madison square garden in new york metropolis marked the first combat for Alvarez under his then newly-signed DAZN deal, which finally lasted just three bouts.
In between knockout wins over Fielding and Kovalev, came a 12-round resolution win over Daniel Jacobs of their three-belt middleweight unification clash closing may additionally in Las Vegas.
by some means, Alvarez has been approved to retain titles at middleweight and super middleweight. As such, the fight with Smith will represent a title consolidation conflict.
Smith has made two a hit defenses of the title thus far. The 30-yr ancient Brit scored a 2nd circular knockout of two-time Olympian and former secondary middleweight titlist Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam closing June at Madison square backyard, followed by using a hard-fought, albeit disputed 12-round win over countryman John Ryder ultimate November in his Liverpool fatherland.
the whole lot of Smith’s 2020 campaign has been spent searching bigger online game, as he and coach/manager Joe Gallagher have made clear in no unclear terms their eagerness to land a megafight. That wish comes authentic, as there isn’t a extra profitable option at or surrounding the tremendous middleweight division.
Alvarez settled on Smith after having in the past discussed with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) the probability of a Pay-Per-View headliner with unbeaten 168-pound titlist Caleb Plant (20-0, 12KOs). The timing couldn’t be made to work, besides the fact that children PBC continues to be open to revisiting such plans at any factor in 2021 may still the present still stand.
For now, Alvarez will stick it out together with his old platform although devoid of the services of Golden Boy Promotions.
both had been together for more than 10 years, although their relationship changed into severely strained ultimate summer. Alvarez was forced to vacate one in every of his middleweight titles because of the mishandling of an ordered necessary title defense versus Sergiy Derevyanchenko, with things only becoming worse in the ensuing months.
Their contentious relationship was on full screen all through combat week for his challenge of Kovalev’s easy heavyweight title, in the end marking their closing event together. there have been plans in location for Alvarez to face England’s Billy Joe Saunders (29-0, 14KOs) this past may in Las Vegas. A scheduled announcement for the experience never noticed the easy of day, in its place giving way to the preliminary wave of the continued coronavirus pandemic.
Saunders was certainly one of 4 boxers centered by using Alvarez in an aggressive bid to combat before the conclusion of 2020. The 31-yr historic southpaw from Hatfield, England become wholly on board the primary time around but didn’t appear to gravitate towards such talks on this event. as an alternative, he will enter a voluntary title defense with countryman Martin Murray, as a result of take region December 4 at Wembley’s SSE enviornment in London, England.
Jake Donovan is a senior creator for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox