Written by Tré Berry III | 12/20/2020
What we have all just seen on tonight’s main event was a master-class from Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (54-1-2, 36KO), slowly, systematically taking apart previous unbeaten Brit Callum “Mundo” Smith (27-1-0, 19KO), to become the new Super-Middleweight Champion of the World, walking away with the RING/WBA/WBC titles. Canelo now sits as a simultaneous 2-division World Champion, holding 6 belts at the same time and 🚩strengthening his case for staking claim as P4P the leader in boxing today.
CANELO SHOWCASING ALL THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE THROUGHOUT THE ROUNDS
Callum as you would expect came out peppering downward with the jab. Canelo took his time, touching Callum from time to time while studying the British giant. Canelo landed a nice jab up top, cross to the body combination, an interesting tactic that was used to confuse Callum’s range and eye level.
Canelo in round 2 started having success landing the lead left hook. Callum in the middle of the ring was adamant in mixing it up to keep the redhead guessing about what’s coming. In the 3rd stanza, Canelo began to ↔️close the gap in range, getting closer to his desired area, giving him confidence to open up his arsenal little by little in time.
Callum’s volume in jabs 📉dipped, which is counterintuitive towards fighting a short, counterpuncher such as Canelo. Saul by the 4th round looked like the boss in the ring by taking command of the ring, walking down, and cutting the ring off on Callum, and starting to string combinations together.
Canelo landed a couple nice right hands to the ribcage in the 5th round, and in Callum’s favor, his back was touching the ropes one too many times. Canelo’s hardest punch in the fight thus far by this point was a heavy 💥arching right right hand while Callum was pressed by the ropes…taking the shot well, he had no return fire to get Canelo’s respect.
Alvarez began unleashing vicious uppercuts to Callum’s chin, snapping his head back repeatedly, doing enough work to thwart the early quality rate Smith put together in the first portion of the stanza. Callum in round 8 started to put together better work by the ⏲️minute, but was it enough to shift the momentum in the fight? not quite, as Canelo had already worked himself up to the ⚙️5th gear by then.
By round 9, Callum’s nose started to 🩸bleed, and Canelo’s left eye started to close. Both fighters gave the best accounts of themselves in the round. Canelo hurt him with a hard right hand, even though it was blocked, but the impact shook Smith to his core – Canelo was in full form as a complete fighter, and fully in his element. Canelo hurt him once again in the round with an uppercut, evidenced by Smith’s immediate reaction.
A beautiful roundhoused right, uppercut combo was landed by Canelo in round 10. Saul was showing every tool, and tactic in the book, “bludgeoning Mundo for the world to see“, and unfortunately for Callum, there wasn’t much for him to do about it. He did however prove to have a fantastic chin, taking a boatload of punishment, but never going down, continuing his pro streak of never touching the canvas. Fighting back down the stretch, Callum just wasn’t able to pull the 🐰rabbit out of the 🎩hat to author up a shocking turnaround.
LIKE THERE WAS ANY DOUBT POST-FIGHT
The scorecards were tallied quick, and two 📝Judges gave Canelo 11 rounds, while the other 📝Judge gave him 9 rounds, and by way of dominant Unanimous Decision, a new Super-Middleweight Champion of the World was crowned, and his name is Alvarez. He picked up 3 World Titles in one night, that being the RING/WBA and WBC straps, pairing with his 3 belts that he also currently holds in the Middleweight division.
Canelo Alvarez = 214/494, 43.3% Landed.
Callum Smith = 99/539, 18.4% Landed.
OFFICIAL SCORECARDS ✎
✎ Steve Weisfeld = 119 – 109 for CANELO ALVAREZ
✎ Rafael Ramos = 119 – 109 for CANELO ALVAREZ
✎ Steve Morrow = 117 – 111 for CANELO ALVAREZ
PROJECT COMBAT SCORECARDS ✎
✎ Jon Uddin = 119 – 109 for CANELO ALVAREZ
✎ Tré Berry III = 119 – 109 for CANELO ALVAREZ
CANELO ENTERING THE HISTORY BOOKS📜
Canelo Alvarez historically has just become the 5th fighter in boxing’s long history to become a Ring-Lineal true Triple Crown Winner, joining the company of 🥉Floyd Mayweather Jr. (5), 🇵🇭Manny Pacquiao (5), 🥇Sugar Ray Leonard (4), and legend Henry Armstrong (3 – ALL AT THE SAME TIME). Canelo won those Titles at 154, 160, and 168 lbs.
He is also only the 6th boxer historically to win at least 4 RING World Titles throughout his career. He also became the 18th fighter to hold RING Championships simultaneously in differing divisions, so it is pretty safe to say that Canelo’s journey is beginning to see heights that will potentially harbor him as a 📜First-Ballot Hall-of-Famer, also cementing himself as undoubtedly one of Mexico’s greatest all time fighters.
BOXING’S MULTIPLE WEIGHT CRUSADER
Fighting in three different divisions, the opportunities for the next fight are near endless. Could we get a trilogy with career rival 🥈🇰🇿Gennadiy Golovkin? I would hope so. You also have Jermall Charlo out there, Demetrius Andrade. As Super-Middleweight, how bout a very interesting showdown with superbly skilled Caleb Plant, or David Benavidez? WBA Light-Heavyweight Champion 🇰🇬🇷🇺Dmitry Bivol has been open to fighting Alvarez at both 168 and 175 lbs.
The most dangerous fight Canelo can take is against battering ram 🇷🇺Artur Beterbiev at Light-Heavyweight. Looking to take the major risks at this point in his career, who knows, maybe we can see that? the main thing though is that Canelo is at the ⛰️peak of his career, and there is more than enough talent around to keep him busy, and interested in giving his all to the craft, the way he has been since turning pro at the age of 15 – boxing is his platform now to play the game of chess.