If there was any question about Canelo’s claim about pound for pound supremacy, Saturday’s performance against Callum Smith should put that to rest. He has not fought since November 2, 2019 as he was engaged in a lengthy dispute with Golden Boy promotions, which further delayed his ring return. Normally, distractions of that magnitude can affect a fighter’s preparation, but Canelo was undeterred.
Over the course of twelve rounds, Canelo showed the evolution as a fighter that is clearly in his prime. Alvarez was giving up 7 inches in height and 8 inches in reach. Despite that, he controlled the fight with his jab, while utilizing his power and combination punching to deliver a sustained beating over the course of 12 rounds.
The scores at the end of the fight read 117-111, 119-109, 119-109 – all in favor of Alvarez. The final punchstat numbers were just as lopsided. He landed 209 punches out of 484, landing a staggering 43% of his punches. Smith, on the other hand, struggled with Canelo’s superb defense, landing 97 of 536 punches for a dismal 18% connect rate.
With this win, Canelo adds the WBA/WBC/Ring Super Middleweight titles to his stellar resume. Alvarez has now won world championships at Jr. Middleweight, Middleweight, Super Middleweight, and Light Heavyweight. The win moves Canelo to 54-1-2, 36KO’s, and Callum Smith (27-1, 19KO’s) is handed his first loss as a professional