Callum Smith sends message to Canelo Alvarez as world title fight is confirmed

Callum Smith has vowed to beat Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and claim the throne as the king of the super middleweights when they two fight next month.

Smith (27-0) will defend his WBA and Ring Magazine super middleweight titles against Canelo (53-1-2) on 19 December, with the venue yet to be announced.

The fight may well take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where Canelo knocked out Callum’s older brother Liam in 2016 at super welterweight.

The Brit will be the significant underdog against one of the pound-for-pound best in the sport, but is confident of defending his titles and becoming only the second man to beat the Mexican after Floyd Mayweather.

‘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 said.

‘I truly believe I beat him and will prove that 168 pounds is my division.’

Canelo last fought in November 2019 when he stepped up in weight class yet again and knocked out Sergey Kovalev to win the WBO light heavyweight title.

That saw the 30-year-old win a world title in a fourth weight division and he now steps back down in weight to challenge Smith.

He may have fought at a heavier limit, but Canelo will have to deal with a significant height disadvantage against the Scouser, with Smith measuring 6’3″ and the Mexican just 5’8″.

Arguably the best boxer on the planet is unconcerned, though, and is just happy to have secured a fight before the end of 2020.

‘Thank you guys, thanks be to God,’ Canelo said in an Instagram video with trainer Eddy Reynoso. ‘Thanks to our efforts we are here like Eddy says, we are a very disciplined team, we are always ready, any time and any place we are a great team, always ready for duty.

‘We just want to continue with my career and continue growing as a team and thanks to God we do have a fight on 19 December versus Callum Smith he’s currently ranked as the best super middleweight today so that makes me very happy and it’s a joy to be able to let you guys know so in 2020, we’ll be fighting one of the best in the division, so overall we are very happy

‘I’m happy that I can continue with my career which is what I wanted, I want to continue growing, showing that I’m the best.

‘It’s very important for all of us as a team to be able to announce it today we now have to opportunity to be able to fight this year so that 2020 doesn’t go wasted without a Canelo fight.

‘We reached an agreement with Eddie Hearn and DAZN to make the fight possible on 19 December, so we are very happy to get it done.’

Canelo has only just come out of a legal battle with DAZN as he ended his previous contract with the broadcaster, but is immediately working with them again for this fight.

Promoter Hearn is pleased to be doing so, saying: ‘I’m delighted to be part of this huge fight to close out 2020 and deliver this opportunity for Callum Smith.

‘Canelo is a fearless competitor who constantly challenges himself against great champions and this will be a thrilling battle for 168-pound supremacy.

‘It’s a pleasure to be working with Canelo and Eddy Reynoso and we look forward to a spectacular event on 19 December.’

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