Canelo Alvarez has finally revealed the date of his ring return after months of speculation and anticipation.
Alvarez (53-1-2, 36KOs) will be facing the Undefeated WBA super middleweight title holder Callum Smith (27-0, 19KOs) on the 19th of December, at a venue still yet to be determined but all roads leads to Texas. Alvarez announced the fight during an Instagram live.
Callum Smith knocked out George Groves in the seventh round of their World Boxing Super Series clash to win the WBA title two years ago and has since defended the title thrice, with the upcoming fight with Canelo being his fourth attempt at defending the title.
Alvarez, who has held world titles at Junior middleweight, middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions also holds the secondary version of the WBA Belt held by Callum Smith and will stand a chance of becoming a legitimate four division champion as many argue, the secondary title isn’t a world title.
Alvarez who has been battling with DAZN in court recently will end up fighting again on the streaming service. The surprise twist in the story , occurred after Canelo Alvarez successfully made a separation with Golden Boy Promotions after their record-breaking $365 million contract with DAZN didn’t work out as planned.
Alvarez has been out of the ring since his Light Heavyweight adventure against Sergey Kovalev in November 2019. Canelo knocked out Kovalev on the 11th round of that fight to become a true three division champion. Before then Canelo also bagged a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Jacobs in a fight that saw him unify three middleweight belts.
Callum Smith has made two defenses of the WBA super middleweight world title, knocked out former secondary champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in two rounds then, earned a hard fought 12 round decision over John Ryder in his last outing.
Alvarez will be working with Eddie Hearn and DAZN for the time being and both will have a Fight by Fight relationship and just for the fight with Smith, who is also promoted by Eddie Hearn.