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Canelo Alvarez wins decisive decision over Callum Smith

Canelo Alvarez claimed two super middleweight title belts with a decisive over previously unbeaten Callum Smith. We break down how it went down what might be next.

Canelo Alvarez punches Callum Smith during their super middleweight title bout at the Alamodome on December 19, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom via Getty Images

There’s a new official king of the super middleweight division. Canelo Alvarez cruised to a unanimous decision victory over Callum Smith, winning 117-111, 119-109, and 119-109 on the three judges’ scorecards. While Alvarez did not secure the stoppage, this fight was never really in doubt.

Entering the fight, Smith was The Ring Magazine champion but middleweight king Alvarez was the heavy favorite, sitting at -625 at DraftKings Sportsbook. Alvarez is The Ring Magazine’s middleweight champ, while Smith held the WBA’s super world super middleweight title. That belt was on the line along with the WBC’s version of the belt.

Alvarez did not call anybody out following the fight but was asked about a third fight with fellow middleweight champion Gennadiy Golovkin. He did not shoot it down, but separate comments about his performance on Saturday suggests the fight will not happen at middleweight.

“I feel great at 168. I don’t want to fight with the scale (at 160). I want to unify, I want all the belts. It doesn’t matter who is there.”

Golovkin would be the biggest money fight at this point, but there are other titleholders Alvarez could go after. Caleb Plant is 20-0 and holds the IBF super middleweight title, while Billy Joe Saunders is 30-0 and holds the WBO belt.