Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) last night claimed the WBA Super and vacant WBC titles via an impressive twelve round decision over Callum “Mundo” Smith (27-1, 19 KOs) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
It was a dominant performance that swept away Smith from the opening round. Canelo stalked the Liverpudlian, using jabs, uppercuts and of course his famed hook on route to victory, one which the now former champion had no answer to.
It was a contest which initially was thought to test Canelo given the advantages of Smith but ended very one-sided with a suggestion from some that Smith wouldn’t even make it to the final bell. He did which came as a small victory for his team, however the final tally’s reflected the dominance with scores of 119-109, 119-109, 117-111.
“I’m the best in the world,” Alvarez said on the DAZN broadcast via an interpreter. “In the first round, I tried to see what he brings, the skills or whatever, but like you can see, I showed what I am.”
A battered and bruised Smith told reporters afterwards “He was the better fighter tonight, He’s smart. He’s clever. He sets you little traps and keeps you thinking. Before you know it, he’s closing the ground. He’s a good fighter, but I’m just a little disappointed with myself. His jab was really good. It surprised me a little bit. His defense was really good.”
The question of who’s next raised its head with calls once more for a third Gennady Golovkin contest.
“I don’t run from nobody. I just showed that I fought against the best,” Alvarez said. “If he’s going to take the fight, I’ll take it. But I just showed I fight against the best.”