One of boxing’s pound-for-pound best will be back in action later tonight (Sat., Dec. 19, 2020) live on DAZN from inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, as Canelo Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KO) returns to the ring to challenge Callum Smith (27-0, 19 KO) for the WBA (Super) and WBC super-middleweight titles.
Alvarez, who will be making his first appearance since parting ways with Golden Boy Promotions earlier this year, is coming off a sensational knockout victory over Sergey Kovalev in November of 2019. The win helped push Canelo’s record to 11-0-1 over his last 12 bouts, including other key victories over Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs. This will be another opportunity for Alvarez to prove he can move up in weight and still be an effective boxing superstar.
A 2019 Boxing Writers Association of America Cus D’Amato Manager of the Year nominee, Kahn has his finger on the pulse of what’s going on inside and outside of the ring. Kahn has managed numerous world champions and currently manages 20 fighters through his company, Fight Game Advisors. He can be seen and heard weekly on “The Fight Guys” on YouTube.
Alvarez defeated Golovkin with a controversial majority decision in Las Vegas in 2018.
“I am absolutely open to fight anybody,” Golovkin said after his win.
“Whatever is the best opportunity for me, for business. We will wait for tomorrow to see who wins. I hope it is a great fight, but I am open for anyone.”
Kahn is uncanny when it comes to picking fights. He is an astounding 29-3 on SportsLine boxing picks since the hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, returning $3,710 to $100 bettors.
Last week, Kahn said Anthony Joshua would knock down Kubrat Pulev in the first three rounds, a 2-1 underdog pick. The result? Joshua delivered two third-round knockdowns en route to a 9th-round TKO. Last month, Kahn predicted legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. would fight to a draw, and anyone who followed Kahn’s advice was rewarded with a 12-1 payout.
The 30-year-old Mexican superstar faced off against Smith this week where the striking height difference between the two men — Smith is 6ft 3in, Alvarez 5ft 8in — was plain to see.
CANELO ALVAREZ v CALLUM SMITH FIGHT CARD
Saul Alvarez (53-2-1, 36 KOs) vs. Callum Smith [c] (27-0, 19 KOs) – The Ring and WBA world super-middleweight title
Frank Sanchez vs Julian Fernandez, heavyweight
Marc Castro vs Luis Javier Valdes, bantamweight
Austin Williams vs Isiah Jones, middleweight
Christian Alan Gomez Duran vs. Angel Hernandez, welterweight
Throw in the fact that Smith is a more natural 168-pound fighter, while Alvarez’s preferred habitat is the 160-pound middleweight division, and the raw stats appear to tilt in the Liverpudlian’s favour.