Canelo Promotions and Matchroom Boxing are delighted to announce that Canelo Alvarez will take on Callum Smith for the WBA and Ring magazine World super-Middleweight titles on Saturday December 19, live on DAZN in 200+ nations and territories global (aside from Mexico).

Alvarez (fifty three-1-2 36 KOs) is back in motion for the primary time due to the fact knocking out Sergey Kovalev in November 2019 in Las Vegas, ripping the WBO World mild-Heavyweight title from the Russian to develop into a 4-weight World ruler.

The Mexican movie star beat Smith’s historical foe and fellow Liverpool fighter Rocky Fielding in December 2018 to win the WBA general belt at 168lbs – his third weight to rule at – and may be gunning to observe his domination at Middleweight as much as super-middle.

Smith (27-0 19 KOs) has landed the big combat he has craved, and the powerful Brit could be out to cement his position as precise dog at 168lbs. ‘Mundo’ landed the WBA and Ring belts he puts on the line with a scientific stoppage win over fellow countryman George Groves within the seventh circular of final of the inaugural World Boxing super sequence in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in September 2018. 

The 30 12 months old has defended the titles twice since, stopping Hassan N’Dam in long island in June 2019 and then outpointing John Ryder in his Liverpool hometown 5 months later. Smith will also be out for household revenge when he steps throughout the ropes, with Canelo having overwhelmed Smith’s brother Liam in Texas in September 2016.

“I’m very satisfied to return to the ring and continue to make historical past,” mentioned Canelo. “i’m inspired to proceed to be the ideal, and that i seem to be ahead to combating Callum Smith, who is without doubt one of the highest quality at 168lbs.”

“we’re very satisfied to come back to the ring and close out the year with another victory to proceed demonstrating that Canelo is the gold standard boxer on this planet,” talked about Eddy Reynoso, sport and talent director at Canelo Promotions and Canelo’s trainer.

“I’ve been looking a huge fight on the grounds that fitting World champion, so I’m so completely satisfied that all through these challenging instances we can carry to the fans a fight between the very best within the division,” talked about Smith. “I truly consider I beat him and will show that 168lbs is my division.”

“I’m delighted to be a part of this big fight to close out 2020 and bring this probability for Callum Smith,” noted Eddie Hearn, managing director of Matchroom sport. “Canelo is a fearless competitor who invariably challenges himself in opposition t top notch champions and this might be an exciting combat for 168lb supremacy. It’s a pleasure to be working with Canelo and Eddy Reynoso and we seem forward to a dazzling event on December 19.”

“We’re overjoyed to work with our incredible partners Canelo Alvarez, Eddy Reynoso and Matchroom on this new task,” noted Ed Breeze, DAZN EVP, Rights. “Canelo vs. Smith is a perfect fight to support DAZN’s world launch in December as we seem to be forward to introducing the platform to sports lovers around the globe.”

An announcement on the venue for the combat will be made soon.

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