Boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez dominated Callum Smith on Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas. The 12-round decision victory netted the 30-year-old Mexican his opponent’s WBA and The Ring magazine super middleweight championship belts as well as the vacant WBC title.
Alvarez’s clean and powerful counterpunching was just too much for the previously undefeated 168-pound champ to handle.
You can watch highlights of Alvarez’s big win over Smith below.
According to ESPN, the win made Alvarez the first unified boxing champ in the 168-pound division from Mexico.
Moreover, the victory over Smith made Alvarez a legit world champion across four different divisions.
After beating Smith for his belts Saturday night, Alvarez has now won legit world titles in boxing’s 154-pound, 160-pound, 168-pound, and 175-pound weight classes.
UFC Reactions to Canelo vs. Smith
UFC middleweight title challenger Kelvin Gastelum was hyped about the big fight.
Retired UFC light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa declared Alvarez the best fighter in boxing today.
UFC middleweight Derek Brunson was also watching the action.
More Reactions from Celebs and Boxing World
Alvarez hasn’t lost a prizefight since losing via majority decision to Floyd Mayweather back in 2013. Did that loss help mold Alvarez into the fighter he’s become today? At least one person seems to thinks so.
Indeed, the punch stats provided by CompuBox to ESPN show just how dominant Alvarez was against Smith.
The Ring magazine’s Doug Fischer saw Alvarez in such an impressive light that the famed boxing writer questioned the judges’ scorecards in the fight. Judges scored the fight 119-109, 119-109, and 117-111 for Alvarez.
Rachel McCarson from “Real Talk with Kelsey and Rachel” likened Alvarez’s performance to that of a Terminator.
Ring TV host Cynthia Conte noted just how impressive Alvarez was against the consensus top 168-pounder in the sport.
Some fans and media were looking at who Alvarez might fight next already.
Canelo vs. Jake Paul anyone?
Award-winning boxing writer David Greisman noted how many more big fights could be on their way for Alvarez someday soon. After all, for a fighter who can fight anywhere between 160 and 175, there would seem to be plenty of options.
Indeed, Alvarez has already accomplished many amazing feats in the sport of boxing, and the superstar could be on his way to even bigger and better fights someday soon.
Options for Alvarez’s next fight includes stars and champions across three different weight classes.
WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders declared he wanted Alvarez next.
Like any Alvarez fight these days, that would be a huge night for boxing.
The winner of Canelo vs. Saunders would have three of the four major alphabet belts in boxing’s super middleweight division and a good chance to fight for undisputed status.
But he’s not the only option.
ESPN’s Max Kellerman already has a list ready.
Boxing trainer Teddy Atlas revealed which fight he would rather not see next.
Alvarez is a free-agent in regards to television networks and streaming platforms right now, so he could end up fighting anyone he chooses next so long as a deal can be made for the fight.
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