Canelo vs Smith LIVE REACTION: Ruthless Alvarez rips Brit apart in 12-round unanimous win while Smith's bicep 'DETACHES'
20th December 2020

CANELO ALVAREZ has beaten Callum Smith after a 12-round demolition of the Brit saw him win on a unanimous decision.

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  • sstreet


    Callum Smith's defeat to Canelo brings the curtain down on British boxing in 2020.

    However fans won't have long to wait for action in 2021 as Luke Campbell is back in action on January 2 against Ryan Garcia in an eagerly awaited WBA Interim Lightweight title fight.

    Campbell has been out of action since 2019 when he battled bravely but succumbed to a points defeat to Vasyl Lomachenko.

  • Joshua Jones


    The comparison between Canelo and Smith at the end told the story of the fight.

    Despite going 12 rounds with the previously undefeated Merseysider, the Mexican looked super fresh afterwards with barely a scratch on his body.

    But for Smith, he was battered, cut and bruised after the 36-minute onslaught in Texas.

  • sstreet


    Speaking after the fight DAZN hosts said Eddie Hearn had stated that Callum Smith had likely suffered a detached bicep during the fight with Canelo.

    But Hearn added that it probably didn't matter as far as the outcome was concerned.

  • sstreet


    Here are the astonishing punch stats from Canelo vs Smith.

    The Mexican landed an incredible 43 per cent of his shots while Smith responded with just 18 per cent successful blows.

    Though Alvarez threw only 484 punches compared to Smith's 536, he managed to land more 209 compared to 97 – more than double that of his opponent.

  • sstreet

    TER UP

    After a brutal display from Canelo Alvarez, Twitter is rife with debate over whether he, or Terence Crawford is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

    Here are some of the responses.

  • sstreet


    Callum Smith was left with a gruesome swollen bicep following his pummelling by Canelo Alvarez.

    As he left the fight, one Twitter user even joked: "Smiths left arm tried to give birth so he had 3 hands to try and land a shot."

    In his post-bout interview the Scouser hinted that he had suffered a left arm injury in the fourth-round of their Texas clash.

    And promoter Eddie Hearn also told DAZN minutes after the match-up that Smith had suffered a suspected detached bicep.

    If true, he would almost-certainly be forced into having surgery ahead of the upcoming Christmas break.

    It is understood the pair even smiled and joked about how swollen his arm was in the middle of their fight.

  • sstreet


    Eddie Hearn has taken to Twitter to have his say on the fight.

  • sstreet


    Despite taking a beating from Canelo, there was praise for Callum Smith who kept going right to the end.

    Boxing fans took to Twitter after the fight to suggest his corner could have considered throwing the towel in.

  • sstreet


    Canelo Alvarez was so comfortable during his win over Callum Smith that he was seen standing up between rounds.

    Fans were in disbelief as the P4P King didn't even take the opportunity to sit down in his corner during the breaks.

  • sstreet


    It's been a long wait, but Canelo looked like he'd never been away as he took a commanding points victory over Callum Smith.

  • Alex Terrell


    Canelo has told Jake and Logan Paul he respects them for stepping in the ring, but he warns them to respect the sport of boxing.

    Canelo told TMZ: "Ya know, it’s all about the money.

    “I don’t think we would agree that people that are basketball players, that are YouTubers get licenses.

    “Ya know, I don’t criticise [the Paul brothers]. This is a very risky sport, and if you go up there, it’s very risky.

    "I truly believe that it’s a lack of respect. It’s all based on money. It’s all for money. I’m focused right now on other projects.

    "I have other stuff going on, and I would invite him for a sparring session so that he truly knows what it’s all about."


  • Alex Terrell


    Canelo Alvarez looked abs-olutely unstoppable against Callum Smith as he conquered yet another division.

    Canelo cemented his place atop of the mythical pound-for-pound rankings and emerged as a fully fledged four-division champion.

    He walked away with Smith's WBA super-middleweight title and handed the brave and resilient Brit his first career defeat.

    The Mexican superstar had won the WBA's secondary 'Regular' belt against Rocky Fielding in 2018.

    But he needed Smith's full version to lay claim as a champ in four different weights.

  • Alex Terrell


    There has been plenty of well-deserving praise for the anchoring of Kate Abdo on DAZN's boxing coverage tonight.

    The stunning former Sky Sports News presenter made Brit fans remember what they're missing out on.

    Abdo has been working with Fox in the US, but has also been doing work for DAZN.

    And she did a top job of keeping lively pundit Demetrius Andrade in line during the broadcast.

  • Alex Terrell


    It doesn't look good for the Brit after that bicep problem.

    Even he looks concerned…

  • Alex Terrell


    Gennady Golovkin ‘wants another crack at Canelo Alvarez' in his next fight, promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed.

    Canelo's 2018 win against GGG is the only blemish on the Kazakh's 43-bout career, which came a year after their contentious draw.

    Having been unfortunate not to emerge the victor in both thrillers, according to several, Golovkin is keen on one more shot at revenge.

    But if he is unable to lure his great rival into a trilogy bout, WBO champion Demetrius Andrade, 32, and Jaime Munguia, 24, are alternatives.

    Hearn said: "I think he wants to fight Canelo Alvarez for the third time.

    "We saw two tremendous fights first time up, he believes he should have won those fights.

    "And I think he wants another crack at Canelo Alvarez.

    "I think there's some tremendous fights out there for him at 160lb. Demetrius Andrade, who's here tonight, it's a great unification matchup.

    "Jaime Munguia would be a great fight for DAZN as well. But that's the fight he's chasing, he wants those legacy fights."

  • Wally Downes Jr


    How grim is this image? Let's hope Smith heals up quickly and completely.

  • Wally Downes Jr


    Have a look at the state of Callum Smith's battered left arm.

    He won't be able to jab for a good while…

  • Wally Downes Jr


    Callum Smith's left arm is horribly purple and swollen.

    The defeated Brit was absorbing right hands on the battered limb all night.

    Smith sounds ready for a move up to light-heavy but he will need that arm to heal first.

  • Wally Downes Jr


    Smith says: "I am devestated, I came to win but it was not my night.

    "He was good tonight and I have no excuses, I feel I might have outgrown the weight.

    "I don't feel as dominant late-on but I made the weight OK.

    "I have lost to a p4p star but we both turned up and he was the better man tonight.

    "He is just so smart and clever, he closes the ground down wothout even punching and sets traps.

    "His jab was really good for a shorter guy, I knew his defence was good but his jab surprised me a little bit.

    "I want to go home and see my family and enjoy Christmas, I miss my daughter"

  • Wally Downes Jr


    He says: "I did a great job after 13 months out.

    "Smith is a great fighter but I did a great job. I am so happy.

    "I am the best in the world and from the first round I wanted to see what he brings but I showed what I am.

    "I feel great at 168lbs, I don't want to fight with the scales.

    "This is one of my best nights but I am going for more.

    "I feel more mature and this is one of my best performances but this was not one of the most complicated."

    On the GGG trilogy, he says: "I want to unify, I want all the belts, I don't care who is there.

    "I don't run from anyone, I fight the best. If he wants the fight, I will take it."

  • Wally Downes Jr


    The judges scored it: 119-109, 119-109 and 117-111 all to the king.

  • Wally Downes Jr


    Canelo launches a few more bombs but Smith bravely hears the final bell.

    A messy face of purple and pink bruises grins through the pain at the fact he went the distance with the p4p king.

    All over – Canelo will get a unanimous decision very soon.

    The Mexican celebrates with a golf swing!

  • Wally Downes Jr


    Double-jab right hand from Canelo but Smith has never switched off.

    Smith fires two back but Canelo is impervious to pain.

    Big right hand smashes into Smith's nose.

    Canelo peppers him again to head and body but Smith is smiling back at him!

  • Wally Downes Jr


    Bloodied and bruised Smith keeps trying, keeps probing and looking for a way inside Canelo's guard.

    The bell goes and they get one final interval.

    Canelo stands up during the break and his trainer tells him to go out and look for the knockdown.

    Gallagher tells Smith he is about to face the kitchen sink…

  • Wally Downes Jr


    Gallagher warns Smith that Canelo is going to come on very strong and demands to know if Smith has anything left in the tank to save the fight.

    Smith's once-white shorts are now a grim pink but he is still moving and jabbing and trying.

    Canelo rams in another left hook but Smith's arms block it.

    Smith tries a couple more uppercuts but is punished with a right hand.

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