The scorecards read 119-109, 119-109 and 117-111, all for Alvarez.
In front of 15,000 fans (20% capacity) at the San Antonio Alamodome, Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) tracked down Smith (27-1, 19 KOs) punishing him with a range of consistent jabs, uppercuts and hooks for 12 blows. Alvarez became the first unified Mexican champion in super middleweight history.
“I’m the best in the world,” Alvarez said on DAZN through an interpreter. “In the first round I tried to see what he brings, the skills or whatever, but as you can see I showed what I am. ”
In the final rounds, the plot of the fight has shifted from who would win to whether Smith would survive Alvarez’s fatal blows and make it into the distance.
The 6-foot-3 Smith had a seven-inch height advantage and an eight-inch reach advantage over the 5-foot-8 Alvarez, but that didn’t matter as Canelo was the big tyrant on Saturday night. , eliminating the distance Smith prefers and constantly hitting punches to his head and body.
“He was the best fighter tonight,” Smith said. ” He is intelligent. He is intelligent. It sets you small traps and makes you think. Before you know it, he’s closing the field. He’s a good fighter but I’m just a little bit disappointed with myself. His jab was really good. This surprised me a bit. His defense was really good. ”
Alvarez has now beaten two Smith brothers – knocking out older brother Liam Smith as a junior middleweight in 2016 and now beating Callum Smith as a super middleweight by unanimous decision in 2020.
Alvarez, universally regarded as one of the top two pound-for-pound boxers in the world, boxing’s best-selling fighter and already a four-division champion, has now won The Ring magazine’s title in three different weight classes. He landed 43% of his punches and 57% of his power punches, by CompuBox, in a complete performance where his defense also shone. Smith landed just 18% of his punches and 24% of his power shots.
It was Alvarez’s first fight since his split with Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN after contract disputes, and he returned to the ring for the first time in 13 months as his own promoter with little rust in the ring. .
Even at 30 with 57 pro fights, Canelo still seems firmly in his prime. He’s always intimidating with fighters who often go into survival mode once they feel those hits, and it becomes difficult to find someone in the super middleweight division who can give Alvarez a real threat.
But Alvarez said after the fight that he felt good in the super middleweight division, noting that he didn’t want to fight with the scales. His main goal is to unify all belts in the division with Billy Joe Saunders currently holding the WBO belt and Caleb Plant holding the IBF belt. But the bigger lingering question is whether Alvarez will agree to a trilogy fight with Gennadiy Golovkin after two hotly contested bouts that ended in a draw and Alvarez win.
“I’m not running away from anyone. I just showed that I was fighting the best, ”said Alvarez. “If he wants to fight, I’ll take him. But I just showed that I was fighting against the best. ”