Ring Magazine's pound-for-pound number one, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez has announced he will fight Britain's Callum Smith on December 19th
Mexico's superstar boxer, Canelo, announced via social media that his first fight since splitting with promoter Golden Boy Promotions will be against WBA World Super Middleweight Champion, Callum Smith. Despite the 30-year-old recently getting out of his record-breaking deal with online streaming giant DAZN, Matchroom Boxing's Eddie Hearn has confirmed the fight will be shown on the platform.
No venue for the fight has currently been announced, but Hearn also confirmed that it will be in the United States.
Canelo signed the biggest deal in boxing history with Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN less than two years ago, agreeing to 11 fights with the streaming service for a guaranteed $365 million. But after just three fights, DAZN reportedly attempted to drastically reduce the guarantee ahead of his next fight as they were unhappy with the level of opponent Alvarez had faced to that point. After Canelo initially filed a lawsuit against both Golden Boy and DAZN, the dispute was settled and the three-division world champion (if you discount his WBA 'Regular' title at super-middleweight gained by beating Rocky Fielding) announced he was a free agent, and more importantly, free to fight whoever he chooses.
And now we know that first fight will be against the WBA 'Super' World Super Middleweight champion, Callum Smith. Smith, who won the prestigious World Boxing Super Series back in 2018, remains undefeated in 27 fights and is currently one of Britain's best fighters. He will no doubt be seeking revenge on behalf of his older brother, Liam, who suffered a ninth round stoppage defeat to Canelo back in 2016, courtesy of one of the Mexican's trade mark crushing body shots.
Canelo, meanwhile, will be looking to cement his place as the world's pound-for-pound number one fighter, after Terence Crawford shook up the conversation once again last week with a devastating stoppage of Britain's Kell Brook. He will also be keen to gain his first legitimate world title at super-middleweight and become Mexico's fourth four-division champion, and the first since Erik Morales achieved the feat back in 2011.