Canelo Alvaez to face Callum Smith on Dec. 19 in US

Paola Ditto
Novembre 21, 2020

"Canelo vs. Smith is a ideal fight to support DAZN's global launch in December as we look forward to introducing the platform to sports fans around the world".

In September 2016, Alvarez beat Smith's older brother, Liam Smith, by ninth-round knockout in a WBO light-middleweight title fight in Arlington, Texas.

The Athletic's Mike Coppinger initially reported the news before the Mexican star announced it himself on social media, with this bout marking Alvarez's first fight since November 2019 when he knocked out Sergey Kovalev to take his overall professional record to 53-1-2.

"I'm very happy to return to the ring and continue to make history", said Canelo via statement.

Meanwhile, Smith (27-0-0, 19 KOs) defeated John Ryder in his last event, which also took place in November 2019. "I am motivated to continue to be the best, and I look forward to fighting Callum Smith, who is one of the best at 168lbs". "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. I truly believe that I can beat him and will prove that 168 lbs is my division".

"I'll be returning to the ring on December 19th to face Callum Smith", Alvarez said on social media, with the fight to be shown on subscription streaming service DAZN.

Reports have indicated Arlington is again in the frame to stage next month's fight, with Smith's promoter, Matchroom's Eddie Hearn, confirming it would go ahead in the United States.

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