Los Angeles | Mexican Canelo Alvarez, considered one of the best boxers in the world in all categories, will face Briton Callum Smith to unify the WBA super-middleweight titles on December 19 at a location to be determined, both camps announced on Tuesday.
Absent from the rings since he won the WBO light heavyweight title in November 2019, Canelo comes down from a weight category, in super middleweight, of which he has been the “regular” WBA champion since 2018, against Smith who He is the “super” champion of the same federation, which awards several titles in the same weight category.
The winner will have the merit of putting an end to any confusion about the identity of the real WBA champion.
Canelo’s return has been delayed due to a dispute between him and promoter Oscar de la Hoya, with whom he signed a five-year, $ 350 million contract in 2018 to join the DAZN streaming platform in October. 2018.
Although having broken this contract with Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar de la Hoya’s company, his fight with Smith will still be broadcast on this platform. The exact location is to be announced shortly, several media claiming that it will probably take place in Texas.
Aged 30, Canelo, world champion in four different categories (super-welterweight, middleweight, super-middleweight, light heavyweight), has a record of 53 wins (including 36 before the limit), 2 draws and 1 loss.
Smith, also 30, is unbeaten in 27 fights (19 KOs). He does not appear to be the favorite of this fight, but will be keen to “avenge” his brother Liam, knocked out by Alvarez in 2016 for the WBO super-welterweight title.