Smith vs Canelo: Callum Smith seeks all-time Great Britain win if he upsets Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez | Boxing News


Canelo vs Smith is for WBA and WBC super middleweight titles

Many Britons have ventured abroad in search of an outcome that will be talked about for generations to come – one or two have returned home amidst a glorious celebration, the vast majority with their tails between their legs and only stories of their bravery and courage to hang on.

But there is something special about taking on the challenge of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, a bona fide superstar in the United States and Mexico who is simultaneously part of the planet’s elite boxing and also in his absolute prime. .

This may be the toughest test available in any boxing ring, but, oddly enough, it’s the one Liverpool’s Callum Smith has been chasing for two years – the reality may be cruel, but it turned out to be flew into the heart of Canelo with an authentic and understandable ambition to return immortalized in boxing folklore. .

But Smith is the hunted, not the hunter, and that realization can come to light in the solitude of San Antonio, where Smith awaits the first bell with the familiarity of his brothers and trainer Joe Gallagher but many in enemy territory.

It’s a possession Smith has, the WBA Super Middleweight Championship, which is why Canelo picked him as his opponent on Saturday.

Canelo’s victory would strengthen his grip on the division – he’s a four-weight world champion, but his previous super middleweight feat left room for improvement which he plans to resolve by ending the unbeaten run of Smith and tearing his belt.

The vacant WBC belt will also be at stake, meaning the winner will be Consensus No.1, but there is a lot more for Smith to do.

Taking on one of boxing’s true superstars in their own backyard (Texas is a hotbed of Canelo supporters), Smith dares to do what Ricky Hatton tried and failed against Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

There are modern success stories – Tyson Fury in Germany against Wladimir Klitschko and in Las Vegas against Deontay Wilder earlier this year – but none of these examples perfectly replicate what Smith needs to do in causing major upheaval against a book supremo. for pound that has never looked better than now.

Canelo KO’d Sergey Kovalev the last time

Canelo KO’d Sergey Kovalev the last time

Callum Smith first round knockout

Callum Smith first round knockout

“Canelo is fantastic,” admired promoter Eddie Hearn.

“I had Rocky Fielding and Danny Jacobs fighting him. He said to me after the Jacobs fight: “Who do you have next? ”

“The answer is: ‘The best super middleweight in the world’.

“It’s a battle of the No. 1 pound-for-pound in the world against the No. 1 super middleweight. ”

It’s also a battle between the chief honchos of two fighting families, the toughest siblings of two bands of boxing brothers.

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The red-haired Mexican whose nickname translates to ‘cinnamon’ is the youngest of seven brothers from Guadalajara who have all boxed professionally – he himself was in the ring for the first time at the age of 15, this which means he’s been a professional fighter for exactly 50 percent of his life, a reminder of how long he’s been in the tooth.

And Callum is the youngest of the four Smith brothers who all fought – Liam Smith even trod the exact same path but was beaten by Canelo in Texas in 2016.

Liam is a different weight class and a whole different fighter from Callum who hasn’t lost in 27 and whose best result so far has been knocking out George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series final. .

Watch how Canelo blew up Rocky Fielding

Watch how Canelo blew up Rocky Fielding

Watch Callum Smith’s brutal one-punch knockout

Watch Callum Smith’s brutal one-punch knockout

“Callum has a big size advantage, he hits real hard, he has a range advantage,” said promoter Hearn.

“But he’s with the No. 1 pound for pound in sports.

“Right now neither of the guys could look you in the eye and say they had a perfect camp – the fight was done on four weeks’ notice, even though both were training before.

“Callum is here to win. Him and [his trainer] Joe Gallagher thinks they can win this fight.

“In terms of upheaval, it’s hard as the No.1 in the division to call this upset, but it would be.

“It would be one of the great British victories of all time.

“He’s here to win. He wanted this fight, he wanted to make that statement, now he has it. ”

Canelo is a fourweight champion

Canelo is a fourweight champion

Smith is the reigning WBA champion

Smith is the reigning WBA champion

Five Brits tried and failed to beat Canelo (Matthew Hatton, Ryan Rhodes, Amir Khan, Liam Smith, Rocky Fielding) – the only flaw in his astonishing record is a 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather. Canelo was just a boy at the time, and this experience made him more savvy and stronger.

The danger for Smith is that he was hand picked because Canelo sees a path to victory for himself in the same way he did when he apparently bravely stepped up two divisions to challenge Sergey Kovalev last year, only to slowly dismantle the Russian light. – Heavyweight champion.

There is the story of another brave fighter from Liverpool who faced a legend from Mexico – Andy Holligan, in 1993, was the British and Commonwealth champion when he had the opportunity of his life to challenge Julio Cesar Chavez, an icon of all time.

Chavez was undefeated in ’89 at the time and, in front of 30,000 adorable fans inside Puebla’s Estadio Cuauhtemoc on a freezing night, he beat Holligan for five one-sided rounds until the Liverpool fighter was pulled out. from his corner, his face already badly messed up.

The Mexicans in attendance were furious – they wanted to see their hero beat the hopeful visitor even worse.

Five Britons have already tried and failed to beat Canelo

Five Britons have already tried and failed to beat Canelo

Only a limited number will be inside the Alamodome in San Antonio on Saturday night, none from Liverpool except those around Smith’s corner.

They’re all there to watch Canelo clinch the 54th win of his already great career, but there might be some nonchalance in the air about the danger this latest British visitor poses.


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