Alvarez dominates Smith to capture super-middleweight titles

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Canelo Alvarez had an easy description for his capability to control a formerly unbeaten champ and emerge unharmed versus a challenger that physically overlooked him.

”I am much better,” Alvarez stated. ”Due to the fact that I’m much better and I have lots of capabilities. I make them think of what they are going to toss and just since I’m much better.”

Alvarez all outpointed Callum Smith to win the WBA & Ring super-middleweight champions and uninhabited WBC super-middleweight title Saturday night at the Alamodome.

2 judges scored the bout 119-109 and the 3rd had it 117-111.

Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) controlled his only bout this year, consistently striking Smith (27-1, 19 KOs) with straight rights and best hooks to the head and penalizing his arms over 12 rounds.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn stated physicians think Smith tore his left bicep or triceps muscles muscle. There was an obvious protrusion originating from the bottom of Smith’s arm start in the 4th round from Alvarez’s duplicated blows.

Alvarez formerly knocked out Callum’s older bro, Liam, on Sept. 17, 2106, at AT&T Arena in Arlington, Texas. Lots of hypothesized Callum desired vengeance for the ninth-round knockout, however Alvarez controlled the more youthful Smith, too.

At 5-foot-8, Alvarez was the assailant versus the 6-foot-3 Smith.

”Like I stated, (the size distinction) does not matter to me,” Alvarez stated. ”My boxing experience is what matters. If they are taller, much shorter, that does not matter, my experience is what provides me the capability to combat anybody.”

Alvarez managed the battle, continuously pushing forward and just taking an action back to avert among the many punches that Smith missed out on.

Alvarez tossed 494 overall punches, landing 43% of them compared to simply 18% of 539 punches tossed by Smith.

Alvarez and Smith were defending the very first time this year due to the limitations induced by the coronavirus pandemic, and the ring rust appeared in the very first 5 rounds. It took almost a minute prior to the very first punch of the bout was tossed, a lunging right by Alvarez. Punches were sporadic and the exchanges were short in the opening round as the fighters watched each other.

Alvarez pushed the action in the opening seconds of the 2nd round, requiring Smith to react with rights to the head to keep Alvarez from continuously advance.

Smith jabbed with his left hand more in the 3rd round, sometimes trying a best uppercut that continuously stopped working to land.

Alvarez landed a series of straight rights and best hooks to the head early in the 4th round that appeared to faze Smith. Alvarez had his most reliable mix, landing a left hook to the side of the head, a directly best to the nose and another left hook that thrilled the greatly partisan crowd.

Alvarez continued to successfully lunge and dig a right-hand man to the face in between Smith’s gloves in the 5th round. Smith followed up a lunging blow to the stomach to establish a best hook that appeared to shake Alvarez. Smith landed a 2nd right hook following that exchange.

Alvarez landed 60% of his power punches through 7 rounds compared to simply 20% by Smith.

Smith fell back versus the ropes following a heavy right hook to the head with about 1 1/2 minutes left in the ninth round.

Alvarez continued to pound Smith to the head in the last rounds, turning Smith’s face intense red from the duplicated blows.

Alvarez stated his objective is to unify all the super-middleweight titles, which would indicate battling England’s Billy Joe Saunders for his WBO champion and Caleb Plant of Ashland, Tennessee, for his IBF belt.

Marc Castro won his professional launching on the undercard, protecting a third-round knockout versus Luis Javier Valdes (7-6-1) with a flurry of punches to the head and body. Castro, who won successive youth and junior world champions as an amateur, had actually 2 formerly set up bouts canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Likewise on the undercard, Frank Sanchez 17-0 (13 KO’) maintained his WBO-NABO heavyweight title by knocking out Julian Fernandez (14-3) in the seventh round with a set of stiff directly right-hand men to the head. Sanchez toppled out of the ring in between the bottom 2 ropes, suffering his 2nd straight knockout loss following 3 straight wins.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.