Mexican pound for pound champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez ended the longest layoff of his profession on Saturday, capturing two entire world super middleweight titles by beating previously undefeated Callum Smith with a unanimous conclusion in Texas.
3 division winner Alvarez claimed the vacant WBC title and Smith’s WBA model of the 168-pound belt, conquering a stark height distinction as he moved up in fat course for the battle in entrance of a pandemic-minimal crowd at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
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Alvarez improved to 54-1-2 with 36 knockouts, while Smith suffered the very first defeat of his pro profession and dropped to 27-1, 19 knockouts.
Saturday’s victory rekindles the possibility of a 3rd battle between Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, who shed to Alvarez in a controversial vast majority conclusion in Las Vegas in 2018.
The 30-calendar year-outdated Alvarez showed he is a single of the smartest fighters in the activity, altering on the fly and running to get inside of the extended reach of Smith to assault the physique and head.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, that has killed 315,000 men and women across the US in the earlier 11 months, organizers have been compelled to restrict the crowd dimensions but they even now managed to get a allow to let 12,000 men and women into the 32,000 seat location.
They saw Alvarez land each and every punch in his arsenal during the glorified sparring session with Smith whose busted up experience and blood spattered white trunks instructed the story.
Alvarez’s most effective punch was the right uppercut and he threw it with authority, imposing his will and virtually knocking Smith out in the ninth spherical when the ropes appeared to be the only factor holding him up.
All 3 judges gave the battle to Alvarez with two scoring it 119-109 and the 3rd 117-111.
Previously on the card, the most eye-catching battle was Frank Sanchez defeating Julian Fernandez through a TKO in the seventh spherical.
Fernandez showed his toughness to get to 7 rounds, at a single pointing goading his opponent into additional head shots.
But it backfired as the Cuban Sanchez sent Fernandez virtually out of the ring.
CANELO ALVAREZ v CALLUM SMITH Fight CARD
Saul Alvarez (53-2-1, 36 KOs) def Callum Smith (27-, 19 KOs), through UD, super-middleweight
Marc Castro def Luis Javier Valdes, through TKO, Spherical 3, super featherweight
Frank Sanchez def Julian Fernandez, through TKO, Spherical seven, heavyweight
Raymond Ford def Juan Antonio Lopez, through TKO, Spherical seven, featherweight
Austin Williams def Isiah Jones, through TKO, Spherical 1, middleweight
Christian Alan Gomez Duran def Angel Hernandez through KO, Spherical 3,
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