WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith has admitted the Canelo Alvarez fight will be the toughest of his professional career but promises to show the world that he can compete in the highest level and capable of defeating anyone in the planet.
The WBA 168 pound champion and Ring Magazine champion Smith will be defending his belts against No. 1 Pound For Pound Boxing Star Canelo Alvarez, with the Vacant WBC super middleweight title also at stake, when they collide in the on Sunday evening in San Antonio Texas.
Smith actually believes Canelo is really good in his craft and has shown every bit of his skills but somehow thinks the best in him will be made manifest ones Canelo hits the ring with his best.
“It’s the toughest fight of my career, it’s the biggest profile fight,” Smith told William Hill. “He’s the first pound-for-pound fighter I’ve fought so you’ve got to say it’s my toughest fight to date, but I’m expecting that. I’m preparing for that.
“He’s the most skilful fighter I’ll have been in the ring with and I’m looking forward to that and seeing how good he is. I believe how good he is will bring out how good I am.”
Smith expects all the best forms of Canelo in the ring and with that has promised to prepare his best form form for the Mexican, who will be looking to defeat the best fighter at super middleweight in just his second fight in the weight class. Smith isn’t afraid of Canelo and will be working into the ring with athe believe that, he can defeat anyone.
“He’s boxed so many different styles and has shown he can do a bit of everything. I’ve got to expect all different forms of Canelo Alvarez and I’ve got to make sure the best version of me steps through those ropes.
“And I’ve always felt the best version of me can beat anyone in the world. I walk into the ring believing I can beat anyone – and that includes Canelo.”
Smith also feels that he deserved and earned the fight against Canelo. He is the best fighter in the division and having worked his way to the top, earned himself the fight against Canelo and was picked only because he deserved it.
“I do believe I deserve to be in this fight. I am number one in the world, I haven’t been picked out of a hat and given a random opportunity. I deserve to be in this fight. Now it’s time to show I’m not just a world champion but I can compete at the elite level.”
Eddie Hearn, Smith’s promoter sees Canelo as the best fighter in the sport right now, that he represents a modern day version of boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard. However, he sees a win will be a big push to British Boxing as fighters in the past have found it difficult attaining a level that attracts pound for pound greats or even defeat them.
“One of the reasons I love this fight so much is because you get some great British fighters and they get to a point where they’re number one in the division, but can they be a pound-for-pound great? I think a lot of British fighters in the past have struggled – they’ve won a world title but they haven’t been able to beat a Marvin Hagler or a Donald Curry or a Sugar Ray Leonard, these kind of level guys.
“But Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is Sugar Ray Leonard, he’s the pound-for-pound number one of our generation. So, to see a Brit go out and compete against him and to see a Brit beat him would be huge, and a lot of people give Callum a great chance.”
Hearn analysed the different advantages the Brit will be taking to the ring against Canelo. However, Hearn also sees Canelo cancelling out those advantages with his skills which might end up cancelling out the physical advantages Smith will be bringing to the ring
“Smith has the height, he has the reach, he has the power, but Canelo Alvarez is really good and he really fancies it. One thing I’ve noticed through dealing with Canelo and (manager) Eddy Reynoso is they’ll fight all comers, they fear no-one and they want all the champions. And they’re really confident – and that worries me a little bit.”