After more than one year on the sidelines, newly-minted free agent, Canelo Alvarez returns to action tonight (Sat., Dec. 19, 2020) to face Super Middleweight champion, Callum Smith, inside The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
How to watch Alvarez vs. Smith
Date: Dec. 19 | Start Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Alamodome — San Antonio, Texas
Live Stream: WATCH FREE HERE
Alvarez — still considered among the sport’s top stars — hasn’t seen action since knocking out Sergey Kovalev for the WBO Light Heavyweight belt in Nov. 2019. A planned May bout with Billy Joe Saunders fell through because of COVID-19 and he proved unable to land an opponent for September. As a result of this (and other issues), he parted ways with long-time promoter, Golden Boy, and now fights as an independent for the first time in a decade.
Smith affirmed his status as the sport’s top Super Middleweight with an impressive run in the World Boxing Super Series, where he ultimately knocked out George Groves to claim the WBA “Super” title. He subsequently knocked out veteran Hassan N’Dam, then narrowly squeaked past powerful countryman John Ryder five months later.
The card was originally supposed to feature a co-main event between all-action Flyweight champ Julio Cesar Martinez and contender Francisco Rodriguez Jr., but that fell through when the former came down with gastroenteritis. It still features several top prospects, including Heavyweight Frank Sanchez, Houston Middleweight Austin “Ammo” Williams, and 20-year-old Super Middleweight, Alexis Espino.
Canelo Vs. Smith Quick Results:
Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith
Frank Sanchez vs. Julian Fernandez
Raymond Ford vs. Juan Antonio Lopez
Austin Williams vs. Isiah Jones
Marc Castro vs. Luis Javier Valdes
Alexis Espino vs. Ashton Sykes
Christian Gomez Duran vs. Angel Hernandez
Alexis Eduardo Molina vs. Robert Greenwood
The event will stream on DAZN (which you can sign up now), either through the standard monthly or yearly subscription plan, or as a traditional pay-per-view event on cable and satellite for $69.99, which includes four free months of DAZN.
After a strange year that saw Canelo Alvarez out of action due to a combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and legal disputes for former promoter Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya and streaming service DAZN, the Mexican superstar is ready to step back in the ring. Alvarez will face super middleweight champion Callum Smith in a main event Saturday night in San Antonio’s Alamodome.
Smith is the WBA titleholder and his belt will be on the line, as will the vacant WBC belt after the sanctioning body leapfrogged mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim to hang the belt on the fight. The winner will need to face Yildirim in their next fight, according to the WBC. Were that situation not already confusing enough, Alvarez also is the WBA “regular” champion, which is a step below Smith’s status as “super” champion.
The fight is interesting in the physical differences between the two men. While Alvarez is the favorite and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, he faces a (literal) tall task in the 6-foot-3 Smith, who will hold a considerable size advantage over the 5-foot-8 Alvarez.