There aren’t many bigger names in the world of boxing that Canelo Alvarez, and there will be Christmas treat for fans this weekend, as he will be returning to the ring to take on Callum Smith. Canelo is regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, and a four-division world champion.
His legacy remains dominant, and it looks hard to see any fighter ever reach the standards that he has set as a counterpuncher, but there is a real argument that Smith could upset the odds this weekend in Texas.
Boxing News: Smith Huge Underdog
It is rare for a fighter with an undefeated record in 27 fights to come into a fight as a massive underdog, but that is a burden that all fighters coming up against Canelo must carry. The Liverpool-born fighter has won all 27 previous professional fights in his career, and has knocked out 19 of his previous opponents. He is ranked as the best super-middleweight in the world, and will be defending his WBA (Super) and The Ring belts this weekend.
Not only that, but he could create history with a win over the Mexican, as he would win the WBC title and inflict just a second career defeat on Alvarez. A win for Smith would be a massive success for the UK, and would be heralded as one of the biggest wins for a British fighter on American soil. It would be the fitting end to the year from a British perspective, as the year started with a monumental British win in the form of Tyson Fury’s knockout win against Deontay Wilder. However, there are certainly more doubts when it comes to this contest.
Boxing News: Alvarez The Huge Favourite
It almost feels wrong to speculate that this is a fight that Canelo could possibly lose, as his dominance throughout his career has pointed to that being unlikely. His reputation is esteemed with 53 career wins in 56 fights. He has drawn on two occasions, with one of those coming against Gennady Golovkin. That draw was quickly avenged 12 months later, as he won by majority decision in Las Vegas in 2018.
Since then, he has been dominant, by winning all three fights and two of there through knockout. It will be a welcome sight to see Canelo back in the ring regardless, as his last fight was over 12 months ago against Sergey Kovalev.