Alvarez Dominates Smith At The Alamodome
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez continued his dominance of British fighters and the Smith fighting family overnight in San Antonio, Texas as he thoroughly dominated Callum Smith over 12 rounds to win the WBA and Ring super-middleweight championships and the vacant WBC super-middleweight title.
Álvarez (54-1-2) started slowly but asserted control in the 3rd round and he never let it slip. Two judges scored the bout 119-109 and the third had it 117-111 in a fight where the only doubt would be if Smith could see the fight out.
Smith might have suffered a torn bicep early in the contest which if true, makes his effort to hear the final bell even more admirable. It stayed on just about the right side of comfortable. It was painful to watch at times, but the courage of Smith shone through on a night where he must have realised at a very early stage that he would suffer his first professional defeat.
The ex-champion bravely lasted the distance, but victory looked remote from very early in the contest. Smith needed his jab to control, he needed to make Alvarez respect his power, neither materialised.
The Mexican walked his man down with no fear, and Smith just couldn’t keep him off him. He allowed or couldn’t prevent Alvarez from backing him against the ropes, the feet needed to be quicker, Smith was just too stationary at times, he needed more of everything.
Fighting the likes of Alvarez is easier said than done, at that elite level you are more concerned with what is coming back at you.
The Liverpool fighter showed enough to stay in the fight, a lesser fighter wouldn’t have done. Smith deserves credit for seeing the fight out and taking it on just 4 weeks notice, many in his position would have found an excuse, maybe in hindsight, Smith should have resisted the urge to test himself against probably the best fighter of this current generation.
Alvarez shows no sign of slowing down and will be an incredibly hard man to beat. Gennady Golovkin who retained his IBF middleweight title the previous night would please many if they would share a ring for a third time, but Caleb Plant and yet another British fighter, Billy Joe Saunders are far more likely.
Smith had a long painful and frustrating night, many more are likely to suffer a similar experience.
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