Betting splits update: The betting public is backing Canelo Alvarez in a big way at DraftKings Sportsbook. 85 percent of handle and 87 percent of bets are on the pound-for-pound champ. He sits as a -625 favorite as the ring walks approach Saturday evening.
The biggest name in the boxing world is back after a 13 month layoff. Middleweight and super middleweight champion and pound-for-pound leader Canelo Alvarez is facing fellow super middleweight champion Callum Smith on Saturday evening at the Alamadome in San Antonio, Texas.
The main card for the event starts at 8 p.m. ET. The unbeaten Smith is putting his WBA super world super middleweight title on the line against Alvarez and his WBA world super middleweight title — yes, one is super world and one is just world. Additionally, the vacant WBC super middleweight title will be on the line.
How to watch Alvarez vs. Smith
The event will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas at 8 p.m. ET. Ring walks for Alvarez vs. Smith are expected around 11 p.m. ET.
This title fight will live stream exclusively on DAZN, where you can sign up for a monthly or annual subscription. A monthly subscription is $19.99, while an annual subscription is $99.99. With a DAZN login, you can watch the fight on your computer, smart TV, Apple TV, Fire Stick, Xbox and PS4. You can also use your Android or Apple cell phone stream the Alvarez vs. Smith fight using the DAZN app.
Alvarez enters the fight with career record of 53-1-2 and 36 KOs. His only loss came in a junior middleweight bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr., losing a majority decision. He fought Gennadiy Golovkin to a draw in September 2017, but responded a year later with a majority decision win over GGG. Alvarez has been the lineal and The Ring magazine champions at middleweight for much of the past five years. He beat Miguel Cotto via unanimous decision in November 2015 to claim the titles and has held them for most of the time since. He was briefly stripped of his The Ring title during a brief period of inactivity, but quickly re-claimed it with his win over GGG.
Smith enters the fight with a career record of 27-0 and 19 KOs. He claimed the super world super middleweight and The Ring Magazine titles in September 2018 when he beat George Groves via seventh round knockout. He’s twice successfully defended the belt, but this is a decided step up in competition.
There has not been a lineal super middleweight champion since Andre Ward held it from 2011 to 2016. He gave up the title when he moved up to light heavyweight for the final four fights of his career. This fight likely won’t provide for a lineal champ with several notable contenders out there, but it could set up a situation where we get a lineal champ in the next couple years if Smith or Alvarez elect to remain at super middleweight.
Canelo Alvarez: -670
Callum Smith: +400
Canelo Alvarez: -590
Callum Smith: +425
To go the distance
Alvarez by KO, TKO, DQ: -115
Alvarez by decision: +150
Smith by KO, TKO, DQ: +600
Alvarez by decision: +1200
Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith, 12 rounds, WBA/WBC super middleweight title bout
Diego Pacheco vs. Rodolfo Gomez Jr., 8 rounds, super middleweight
Alexis Espino vs. Ashton Sykes, 6 rounds, super middleweight
Christian Gomez Duran vs. Miguel Angel Hernandez, 8 rounds, welterweight
Austin Williams vs. Isaiah Jones, 6 rounds, middleweight
Marc Castro vs. TBA, bantamweight
Alexis Eduardo Molina vs. Robert Greenwod, 4 rounds, featherweight