Mexican star Canelo Alvarez’s clash with WBA Super 168lbs champion Callum Smith will take place in front of a limited, socially-distanced crowd at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on December 19.

The fight was announced earlier this week before the venue’s confirmation on Friday.

Canelo (53-1-2, 36 KOs) will fight at the Alamodome for the second time in his career, having defeated Austin Trout at the stadium in April 2013. The Alamodome is no stranger to big-time boxing, having previously hosted the infamous draw between Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez and the mercurial Pernell Whitaker in April 1993 as well as the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Evander Holyfield.

“I am thrilled to be back at the Alamodome and very thankful to be fighting in front of my fans on December 19,” said Canelo. “I have great memories of my previous bouts in Texas and I expect this to be a special fight to close out the year.”

Joint promoter Eddie Hearn added: “It’s fantastic news to be able to hold this great fight in front of fans and in a great stadium like the Alamodome. It’s a fight that deserves to be witnessed in the flesh and those fans that snap up the hottest ticket in town next week will be in for a brilliant night of action, topped by the pound-for-pound king taking on the number one super-middleweight in the world – a simply unmissable occasion for those in attendance and watching live on DAZN.”