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Canelo-Smith venue named

Canelo Promotions and Matchroom Boxing have announced that Canelo Alvarez’s clash with Callum Smith for the WBA super middleweight title will take place with a limited live crowd at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday December 19, live on DAZN in 200+ countries and territories worldwide and on TV Azteca in Mexico.

An announcement on ticket prices and on-sale dates will be made early next week.

Canelo (53-1-2 36 KOs) fights at the venue for the second time in his storied career having beaten Austin Trout there in April 2013, and it’s the fourth time the Mexican pound-for-pound king has boxed in Texas having beaten Trout, James Kirkland and Smith’s older brother Liam in the Lone Star state.

Smith (27-0 19 KOs) will be gunning for revenge for ‘Beefy’s’ defeat in September 2016, and the Liverpool star will look to rubber-stamp his position as the number one 168lber in the world and crash into the pound-for-pound rankings himself with victory on the biggest night of his eight-year pro career.

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  • Kind of hilarious that this has limited crowd. Texas is arguably worst state in the country for covid right now. It is also as bad as it has been during the whole pandemic.

  • We all know that Canelo has been training in private for months for this fight. Question is, has Callum been training also or did Canelo challenge knowing that he’d be in shape and Callum not so good shape or condition. I mean big fights are promoted at least 2 months in advance, not just 3-4 weeks. Either way, this fight should be at the Bubble in Las Vegas with NO fans.

    • I just saw an interview will Callum Smith yesterday he said he’s been training for a potential December fight. He said his weight and conditioning will not be an issue. I’m sure if Canelo wins the haters will find all the excuses possible to take from his victory. Haters are pathetic!

    • Callum Smith is a professional boxer with the obligation to be in shape, especilly when months ago he and Billy Joe Saunders have been the front runners (under Matchroom) to face Canelo. Canelo is in the same position too, because there have been many names mentioned, and now that for sure is Smith, he has the same time to prepare an strategy to face Smith.

    • You are obviously a canelo haters..canelo trains year round fight or no fight..he makes adjustments…all true dedicated athletes are ready as soon as the phone rings..u my ignorant friend need to go back to watching the Family feud game.. stay in your lane. And I won’t get runned over!!

    • Hello Arturo, I too was watching different interviews with Smith, he stated that he has been training and staying in shape. Like Mikemiguel mentions, every professional should be in shape and ready to go. Weather we admit it or not, Smith is dangerous and I hope that canelo is not chewing more than he can handle. And if he looses, ill still be his fan. Have a good day.

    • This is becoming a pattern with Canelo. I believe it is intentional, a strategy giving him an unfair advantage. But who will turn down the massive payday?

    • Roy, youre just a UK hater!!
      Alot of your American fighters dont have chins, especially Wilder.

  • Smith is no Rocky Fielding. He will be in top form for the biggest fight of his career. I don’t expect him to fold like a tomato can and Canelo will not attack at offset. Smith is very strong and will use his height and reach effectively. Difference is (whether you like him or not) Canelo is a great fight and Smith is below that level. Canelo 2-1 favorite

  • i had hope for smith until the john ryder fight, didn’t do good under ryder’s pressure and was lucky to get the nod, canelo by ko rd 7

  • Why don’t they just fight in Guadalajara and get it over with? Couldn’t they have found a little bit more neutral venue being that Smith is the lineal 168 lb champion? Prima donna Canelo getting it all his way as usual. I’m sure they’ll have Lawrence Cole as the referee who will allow Canelo to bury his head in Smith’s chest and through low blows all night. Hopefully the Brits team didn’t just completely get steam rolled over and will get Callum paid for this fixed fight.

  • Canelo always getting the advantage announcing his opponents last minute.I’m sure he knows who he is going to fight many months ahead, but he selects them officially only weeks before to keep them from preparing well.

    • It’s the only way he could beat Smith. That and forcing him to fight in his country with corrupt refs and commission. I’ll bet you anything the referee is either Lawrence Cole or Russell Mora.

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