Liverpool’s Callum Smith has landed the biggest fight outside the heavyweight division after his clash with Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez was confirmed for December 19.
Canelo-Smith is set to take place at a venue to be announced in Texas, with either the AT&T Stadium in Arlington or the Alamodome in San Antonio the likely destination.
In a twist, it was announced the bout will be broadcast live on DAZN in 200 plus countries and territories, just 11 days after Canelo broke from his multi-fight deal with the same streaming network as well as long-time promoter Golden Boy Promotions.
WBA Super 168lbs champion Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) can’t wait to illustrate his elite credentials. “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,” said Smith. “I truly believe I beat him and will prove that 168lbs is my division.”
Canelo (53-1-2 36 KOs) added: “I’m very happy to return to the ring and continue to make history. 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.”
“We are very happy to return to the ring and close out the year with one more victory to continue demonstrating that Canelo is the best boxer on this planet,” said Eddy Reynoso, Sport and Talent director at Canelo Promotions and Canelo’s trainer.
“I’m delighted to be part of this huge fight to close out 2020 and deliver this opportunity for Callum Smith,” added Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport and Smith’s promoter. “Canelo is a fearless competitor who constantly challenges himself against great champions and this will be a thrilling battle for 168lb supremacy. It’s a pleasure to be working with Canelo and Eddy Reynoso and we look forward to a spectacular event on December 19.”