Underdog Smith hoping size matters against Alvarez
Britain’s Callum Smith will be out to show that size does matter on Saturday when he protects his World Boxing Association super-middleweight crown versus pound-for-pound king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in Texas.
The unbeaten Smith (27-0, 19 knockouts) will take significant height and reach benefits into the ring at the Alamodome in San Antonio versus the naturally smaller sized Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs).
Alvarez, who has actually not combated because he leapt up to light-heavyweight to score an 11th round knockout of Sergey Kovalev in November 2019, begins as preferred for Saturday’s bout where he will when again go up in class.
The 30-year-old Mexican super star took on versus Smith today where the striking height distinction in between the 2 males — Smith is 6ft 3in, Alvarez 5ft 8in — appeared to see.
Include the truth that Smith is a more natural 168-pound fighter, while Alvarez’s favored environment is the 160-pound middleweight department, and the raw statistics appear to tilt in the Liverpudlian’s favour.
“I knew he was short but it was just nice to see him physically up close for the first time,” Smith stated of his in person with Alvarez.
“I’ve always said the best version of me can beat anyone in the world, and as long as the best version of me steps through those ropes, I can use my strengths to take away his strengths.”
Smith stated that while Alvarez has actually consistently shown a capability to go up in weight classes in the past, the Mexican’s abilities might not suffice to offset his physical drawbacks versus a larger challenger.
– Alvarez unfazed –
“His ability has always made up for his lack in size and he’s gone through the weights before,” Smith stated.
“But there’s only so much size your ability can make up for and there comes a point where you can’t physically fight to your strengths because the other lad is just too big. And I’m not just a big lump with no ability.
“I’m 100% that if the very best variation of me remains in the ring I’ll win this battle.”
For his part, Alvarez is unfazed by the size difference.
“Yes, Smith does have that benefit certainly, however I’m a fighter with experience so it does not truly fret me,” Alvarez said.
“I have actually combated versus taller individuals, much shorter individuals, so it does not truly issue me.”
Smith is expected to fight from long-range, using his eight-inch reach advantage to pick off Alvarez without allowing the hard-hitting Mexican star to attack his body. The question will be whether Smith is able to keep Alvarez at bay as energy levels drop in the later rounds.
“A fighter as excellent as Canelo Alvarez certainly isn’t going to let me simply jab and relocation and stand off me,” Smith said.
“The battle’s not going to be that simple.”
The fight also offers Smith the opportunity to avenge the defeat suffered by elder brother Liam against Alvarez in 2016. Callum was at his brother’s side to watch that stoppage via body-shot knockout in Arlington, Texas.
“It would be great to get some vengeance however this battle will be substantial regardless,” Smith said. “It was difficult to take at the time, it was Liam’s very first loss. I believe Liam understood he lost to a great fighter.
“My brother had success on the night, but Canelo was huge for the weight.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.