Callum Smith challenged Canelo Álvarez for a rematch at light heavyweight

Callum Smith requested a rematch against Canelo Álvarez, after having lost by unanimous decision in December 2020 (Photo: Ed Mulholland / REUTERS) (Ed Mulholland /)

Saul’s most recent triumph Canelo Álvarez has put him in the sights of various rivals seeking beat him to position his sporting trajectories. In the midst of the large number of proposals it has received, the one from Callum smith, the boxer he stripped of the World Boxing Association belts (AMB) and magazine The Ring at 168 lbs. Unlike the rest of his challengers, the British threw the light heavyweight challenge and gave it the same relevance as the dispute for a world championship.

In an interview with the medium Liverpool Echo, Smith claimed that he would love to have a rematch fight with the native of Guadalajara, Jalisco. He accepted that in the first confrontation, held in December 2020, Canelo it was legitimately imposed. However, after having ventured into the 175 pounds, would you like to test in a weight class where feel more confident in their performance.

“I feel like there is a much better version of me at 175 pounds.. If they don’t offer me the fight at 175, I’ll look for it. I’ll go for that fight like I’m a world champion. I will not resist. I believe that Canelo he is going to move somewhere where he wants. I still believe that there is a much better version of me in light heavyweight. I assure you that they would see me much better than in the previous fight “, he assured the medium.

Canelo's victory over Smith marked the path to unification of all super middleweight titles (Photo: Ed Mulholland / REUTERS)
Canelo’s victory over Smith marked the path to unification of all super middleweight titles (Photo: Ed Mulholland / REUTERS)

And it is that the confrontation that both characters had for the super middleweight titles meant a watershed in their trajectories. On the night of December 19, 2020, after a dispute with the promoter of Óscar de la Hoya, Golden boy, Canelo He returned to the ring and beat the British monarch in 12 episodes. The victory marked the beginning of the arduous path which ended with the victory over Caleb Plant on November 6, 2021.

Conversely, the defeat propelled Smith in search of new challenges. Without having the near possibility of recovering his girdles, he chose to climb to the 175 pounds. In that sense, nine months after having fallen before Canelo, showed the satisfactory adaptation to his new conditions and demands, as he defeated the Dominican Lenin Castillo by knockout and positioned himself as the fifth best light heavyweight, in accordance with ESPN.

Callum Smith’s confidence in this category is well-founded. His physical characteristics meet and are similar to those of most boxers on the circuit. With their 1.91 meters tall, it is in a suitable condition to support the weight of 175 pounds and, it could even enjoy ease and advantage to dabble in cruiserweight.

Canelo Álvarez - Ilunga Makabu
Canelo Álvarez plans to win the WBC cruiserweight belt from Ilunga Makabu (Photos: Instagram @canelo / @ ilungamakabu.official)

Although the challenge to Saúl Álvarez was frontal, the fight has very little chance of materializing in the next few months. The Mexican set his next goal at 200 pounds, where he challenged the World Boxing Council (WBC) monarch, Ilunga Makabu, with the intention of legitimizing himself as a champion in five different weight classes. It is worth mentioning that he already did it as a super welterweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight.

If he succeeds, he could venture into the circuit where Smith feels most comfortable. However, his sights are directed the other way. According to statements by Eddy reynoso, manager and coach of the Guadalajara, intends to challenge Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol, who have three of the five titles and dominate the top of the best exponents in weight semi-complete.

It would be until after facing them, when Canelo Alvarez could give Callum Smith a shot at a rematch. However, taking into account the ambition that the Mexican has shown in recent months, it could seek the undisputed championship at 175 pounds before fulfilling the wish of the British boxer.


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