Canelo Alvarez solidified his status as a four division champion with a beatdown if formerly unbeaten Callum Smith to win a wide Unanimous decision, picking up the WBA and WBC super middleweight titles on Saturday night at the Alamodome.
Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) battered and bloodied the former 168 pound champion Smith (27-1, 19 KOs), who was previously considered the best in the division 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).
Alvarez entered the fight with no physical advantages over Smith, who own a 7½ inch advantage and a 7inch reach advantage over the Mexican but was unable to stop Alvarez from attacking him from the inside. During the build up, the major talk was the power Canelo could be taking from a potential Light Heavyweight but he was never affected by a shot Smith dished out during the fight.
Canelo Alvarez made his super middleweight debut with a stunning three round knockout over Rocky Fielding two years ago and Callum Smith had already knocked out Fielding three years earlier and was already the WBA Super middleweight champion at the time Canelo moved up to the 168 pound division.
Canelo Alvarez left the ring with the WBC 168 pound title which was stripped off David Benavidez four month ago, after he missed weight for his optional title defence against Alexis Angulo. Canelo must now make a mandatory defence of the title against Turkish Boxer Avni Yildrim in 3 months time or risk being stripped of the WBC belt.
Canelo Alvarez has now won world titles at Light Heavyweight, Super Middleweight, Middleweight and junior middleweight divisions. He was fighting for the first time since knocking out Sergey Kovalev in the eleventh round to win the WBO light heavyweight title last year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena 13 months ago.