Callum Smith: Canelo Alvarez’s Best Days Are At Middleweight
Callum Smith believes that Canelo Alvarez is at his best at middleweight, not 168 pounds.
Smith is set to put his WBA (Super) Super-Middleweight Title on the line against Alvarez. Both men haven’t competed since November 2019. Smith’s last bout was against John Ryder. Smith retained his WBA gold via unanimous decision. As for Canelo, he knocked out Sergey Kovalev in the 11th round to capture the WBO Light-Heavyweight Title.
Speaking to Daily Mail, Smith admitted that he was a bit peeved when word of his fight with Canelo got out before he signed the contract (via BoxingScene.com).
“I thought that couldn’t be me when I saw it because I hadn’t agreed on anything then. They made us an offer a few hours after he put that out but I wasn’t happy with it. Thankfully we agreed to the fight in the end but even after I was still checking his Twitter to make sure it was me.”
Smith went on to express his belief that Canelo will not be at his best at 168 pounds because middleweight is his peak.
“It depends on how you rate me. If you think I’m good you won’t be surprised. If you don rate me you’ll probably put this one up there. Canelo’s best days are at middleweight. At 168-pounds I beat anybody. I’m the best in the world at this weight.”
Smith will put his unbeaten record at stake. His pro boxing record up to this point is 27-0 with 19 knockouts along the way.
Canelo vs. Smith will be held inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on December 19.