Callum Smith Devastated By Canelo Loss, Targets 175 Pound Division

Canelo Alvarez Bloodied Callum Smith
December 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX; Saul Alvarez and Callum Smith during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom.

Former WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith has released his first statement since his 12 round one-sided unanimous decision loss to Pound for pound star Canelo Alvarez at the Alamodome last last Saturday.

Smith was very competitive in the early rounds but gradually slowed and eventually started taking on sided beating. The last two rounds were the worst as the Canelo Alvarez dished out a more punishment, battering his head with combinations to the head and body.

Smith fought the whole 12 rounds but was handed the first defeat of his professional career by Alvarez, who carted away with the WBC and WBA super middleweight titles. He however feels that this could be a sign, his time in the 168 pound division is over.

“I’m devastated. I came here to win. No excuses, he was very good. Maybe I’ve been on the weight too long. I don’t feel as dominant late on in fights. It could have been a better version of me tonight. He performed and was the better man,” Smith said.

“He is smart to be honest. He is clever. He closes ground, sets traps and before you know it he’s closed the ground up. I maybe let him close the ground up too easily.”

The 6.2 tall Smith might be moving to the 175 pound division as he will look to get a fresh start but the Light Heavyweight division has more hard hitting Knockout artist like Artur Beterbiev, Dmitry Bivol and Joe Smith and more the 168 pound division. That should call for some technical advise.

“I need to go and spend time with family and decide what is next for me next year,” Smith said.

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[…] Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) battered and bloodied the former 168 pound champion Smith (27-1, 19 KOs), w… following his exploits at super middleweight. The Mexican pound for pound star was able to prove critics wrong with the dominant victory with scores judges Steve Morrow (117-111), Rafael Ramos (119-109) and Steve Weisfeld (119-109). […]

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[…] Smith will be fighting for the first time since losing his WBC super Middleweight title to Boxing Po… at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Alvarez dominated Smith through 12 rounds and won the WBC 168 […]