Canelo Álvarez unanimously outpointed beforehand undefeated Callum Smith to win the WBA and Ring super-middleweight championships and vacant WBC super-middleweight title Saturday night time on the Alamodome.
Álvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) dominated his solely bout this yr, repeatedly hitting Smith (27-1, 19 KOs) with straight rights and proper hooks to the pinnacle over 12 rounds.
Two judges scored the bout 119-109 and the third had it 117-111.
At 5ft 8in, Álvarez was the aggressor in opposition to the 6-foot-3 Smith.
Álvarez beforehand knocked out Callum’s older brother, Liam, on 17 September 2016, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Many speculated Callum needed revenge for the ninth-round knockout, however Álvarez dominated the youthful Smith as nicely.
Álvarez and Smith had been combating for the primary time this yr because of the restrictions introduced on by the Covid-19 pandemic and the ring rust was evident within the first 5 rounds. It took practically a minute earlier than the primary punch of the bout was thrown, a lunging proper by Álvarez. Punches had been sparse and the exchanges had been temporary within the opening spherical as each fighters shadowed one another.
Álvarez pressed the motion within the opening seconds of the second spherical, forcing Smith to reply with rights to the pinnacle to maintain Álvarez from frequently stepping ahead.
Smith jabbed along with his left hand extra within the third spherical, often trying a proper uppercut that frequently didn’t land.
Álvarez landed a collection of straight rights and proper hooks to the pinnacle early within the fourth spherical that appeared to faze Smith. Álvarez had his handiest mixture, touchdown a left hook to the facet of the pinnacle, a straight proper to the nostril and one other left hook that delighted the closely partisan crowd.
Álvarez continued to successfully lunge and dig a proper hand to the face between Smith’s gloves within the fifth spherical. Smith adopted up a lunging blow to the abdomen to arrange a proper hook that appeared to shake Álvarez. Smith landed a second proper hook following that trade.
After a fairly uneventful sixth spherical, Álvarez landed a tough proper uppercut that snapped Smith’s head again. Álvarez tried to comply with with one other uppercut, however Smith sidestepped the try and missed an uppercut of his personal.
Álvarez landed 60% of his energy punches by way of seven rounds in comparison with simply 20% by Smith.
Álvarez stuffed one other onerous proper uppercut into Smith with a couple of minute left within the eighth spherical.
Smith fell again in opposition to the ropes following a heavy proper hook to the pinnacle with about one and a half minutes left within the ninth spherical.
Álvarez continued to pound Smith to the pinnacle within the last rounds, turning Smith’s face vivid purple from the repeated blows.
Following the victory, Álvarez mentioned he would welcome a 3rd bout in opposition to Gennady Golovkin. The 2 boxers fought to a draw of their preliminary encounter and Álvarez gained the second bout.
Marc Castro gained his professional debut on the undercard, securing a third-round knockout in opposition to Luis Javier Valdes (7-6-1) with a flurry of punches to the pinnacle and physique. Castro, who gained consecutive youth and junior world championships as an novice, had two beforehand scheduled bouts canceled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Additionally on the undercard, Frank Sanchez 17-0 (13 KO’) retained his WBO-NABO heavyweight title by knocking out Julian Fernandez (14-3) within the seventh spherical with a pair of stiff straight proper arms to the pinnacle. Sanchez tumbled out of the ring between the underside two ropes, struggling his second straight knockout loss following three straight wins.