Boxing’s biggest star makes his 2020 debut against perhaps his toughest test to date as WBA (Super) and WBC “Franchise” middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez challenges Callum Smith for the WBA (Super), The Ring and vacant WBC super middleweight titles on Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio and live on DAZN.
This will be Canelo’s first fight since stopping Sergey Kovalev in the 11th round in November 2019 to claim the WBO light heavyweight title and become a four-division world champion. He returns to the 168-pound division for the second time after blowing out Rocky Fielding with a third-round TKO in December 2018 to capture the WBA (Regular) super middleweight title at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“I’m very happy to return to the ring and continue to make history,” Alvarez said in a prepared statement. “I am motivated to continue to be the best, and I look forward to fighting Callum Smith, who is one of the best at 168 pounds.”
The undefeated Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) is back in action against arguably the best fighter in boxing. He narrowly got by John Ryder in his last outing to defend his WBA (Super) and The Ring 168-pound titles. The winner of the World Boxing Super Series in 2018 was featured on the Canelo-Fielding undercard, where he stopped Hassan N’Dam in the third round. As the best super middleweight in the world, Smith aims to turn back Canelo’s challenge.
“I’ve been wanting a big fight since becoming world champion, so I’m so pleased that during these challenging times we can deliver to the fans a fight between the very best in the division,” Smith said. “I truly believe I beat him and will prove that 168 pounds is my division.”
Can Canelo once again prove he’s pound for pound the best fighter in the world? Or does Smith upset the apple cart and pull off the massive upset?
Follow along as Sporting News provides live blow-by-blow coverage of Canelo’s return.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith live updates, highlights
9:12 p.m.: After Ford sent Lopez down in the first, Lopez made an adjustment in the third to make it competitive. But Ford put Lopez down with a short check hook in the 7th round and Lopez doesn’t make the count. Knockout for Raymond Ford.
8:40 p.m.: Up next is undefeated Raymond Ford (7-0) against Juan Antonio Lopez (15-7) in featherweight action. Will this be yet another early finish?
8:22 p.m.: And just like that, it’s over. Williams clobbered Jones with a left hand in the first round and then obliterated his midsection with what looked like a million punches until the fight was stopped. Jones had never been stopped before. Time of stoppage was 1:29.
8:15 p.m.: We’re kicking off the Canelo-Smith card with hot prospect Austin “Ammo” Williams (6-0) taking on Isiah Jones (9-3). Chances are, this doesn’t go the distance.
Canelo vs. Smith undercard results
Canelo vs. Smith start time
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 19
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- Canelo-Smith: 11 p.m. ET (approx.)
Canelo Alvarez’s return to the ring against Callum Smith will take place Saturday, Dec. 19. The card will start at 8 p.m. ET, with Alvarez and Smith expected to take their ring walks at about 11 p.m. ET, depending on the lengths of the earlier fights.
How to watch Canelo vs. Smith
The Canelo vs. Smith fight will stream live globally on DAZN to more than 200 countries and territories (excluding Mexico, where it will be shown on TV Azteca).
Those interested in watching the fight can find DAZN on a number of different systems, including, but not limited to, Amazon Fire TV/stick, Android, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Roku, Xbox Series S/X and Xbox One. Viewers can also find it on DAZN.com using browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
Canelo vs. Smith fight card
- Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith for Smith’s The Ring and WBA (Super) super middleweight titles and vacant WBC super middleweight title
- Frank Sanchez vs. Julian Fernandez; heavyweights
- Raymond Ford def. Juan Antonio Lopez via 7th round KO (1:14)
- Austin Williams def. Isiah Jones via 1st round TKO (1:29)
- Marc Castro vs. Luis Javier Valdes; featherweights
- Christian Gomez Duran vs. Angel Hernandez; welterweights
- Alexis Eduardo Molina vs. Robert Greenwood; featherweights