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  Canelo Hammers Smith,
Unifies Super Middleweight Belts

By William Trillo
Photos: Ed Mulholland - Matchroom


In a dominant performance Saul “Canelo” Alvarez seemingly never took a backward step inside the ring as he unanimously defeated the now dethroned champ Callum Smith (27-1, 19 KO’s). Chalk this one up as a good old fashioned butt kicking. Give Smith kudos for never going down over the twelve round shellacking but make no mistake about it, this fight was a showcase for Canelo. He used the moment in the spotlight to put a stamp on his claim to being the best Pound4Pound fighter in the world.

The fight started out slow, in fact Canelo may have lost the first round. But like a runaway train heading downhill Canelo began to gain speed and strength with each passing round. Smith was game but even with a decided edge in height and reach he did not have the weapons needed to slow Canelo down, if even for a second.

By round seven Smith’s face was marked up rather good, blood spewed from his nose and he spent more and more time languishing on the ropes. The bombs Canelo was launching were coming close but in the end none of them hit the bullseye. Smith never went down and made it to hear the final bell ring after twelve rugged rounds. Canelo left the ring with all the 168 pound belts to add to his ever-growing collection.

Officially judges scorecards read 117-111 & 119-109 x 2 all in favor of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

After the fight Canelo quipped, “I did pretty good after a thirteen-month layoff. Smith is a great fighter. I showed I am the best in the world. This was one of my best nights, to become a unified champion. I want all the belts; it doesn’t matter who.”

When asked if it didn’t matter who, how about Gennady Golovkin next? Canelo rolled his eyes and with a grin answered, “I do not run from anybody. Of course, if the Golovkin fight shows that it might take place, then I will take it! I just showed the world that I fight the best and I will be going for more!”


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