Fighter of the Week: Canelo Alvarez

On the last big fight weekend of a tumultuous 2020 that featured a late fight of the year candidate between two undefeated prospects that was decided by a 12 round knockout. As well as a  pro debut from a blue-chip prospect and an old champion and future hall of famer scoring multiple knockdowns in a sensational career rejuvenating performance. Plus so much more. Selecting this week’s fighter of the weeks was surprisingly easy, bordering on a no brainer. The sports biggest star gave the weeks best performance, Canelo Alvarez improved his record to 54-1-2 (36) in a near shut out of Callum Smith in the Alamodome in San Antonio Texas, to capture both the WBA and vacant WBC 168-pounds belt, cement his standing as the pound for pound best in the sport and captured our fighter of the Week award in handing in, when considering the level of opposition, perhaps a career-best performance.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith fight results, highlights: Alvarez claims  two 168-pound titles with decision - CBSSports.com

Entering the ring in the Alamodome, one things was certain, Callum Smith hada massive height and reach advantage. If the Englishman was going to pull the upset, he would have to win the battle of the jabs. Do something he isn’t necessairly accustom to, fight tall and maintain a long range fight. The Brit tried executing that game plan throughout the first two rounds. However, throughout the first six minutes Canelo dominated the battle of the jabs and was able to get on the inside and score with power shots . Taking away Smith’s path top victory early into the fight. it became more and more one sided. Fully knowing he could win the fight from the inside or the outside Canelo picked up the pace to start the third. Starting the round with a massive left hook that caught Smith’s attention. Alvarez continued to push forward with violent hooks and uppercuts on the inside. Alvarez again buzzed the Champ with a right hand in the fourth. Every round begins to look the same as Smith is trying to return fire but getting punished by the Mexican icon. After being told he’s only going to get one more round by his father, Smith looked to pick it up once more in the tenth and got stunned by a big uppercut once again. Smith’s pride is the only thing that kept him on his feet through the final three rounds. The youngest Smith brother made it the distance but the decision was academic as Alvarez wins by lopsided scores of 119-109 x2 and 117-111. To capture Smith’s WBA belt and the vacant WBC belt.

Callum Smith explains how Canelo Alvarez took away his best weapon |  BJPenn.com

There is no longer any doubt what era this is. It is the Canelo Era, just like the Kobe and Lebron Era followed the MJ era in basketball. The Canelo era has followed the Money Era. There is no longer any doubt who the Pound for Pound king of the sport is at the moment nor is there any question who the biggest star in the sport is. The answer to both questions is Canelo. He can pick and choose what weight class he wants to fight in and who he wants to fight and that opponent if up to accepting the challenge will get the biggest purse of his career. Who will that next opponent be? Unfortunately, WBC president Mauricio Sulaimán shared that Alvarez is eyeing a February fight in Mexico against undeserving mandatory Avni Yildirim, likely in February. Given the quick turn around, and fairly easy level of competition, the timing for a summer fight with Caleb Plant or Billy Joe Saunders or a trilogy with GGG would all be perfect timing. Having fought just once in 2020 and fighting an easy opponent in the first quarter of 2021 it seems likely that Canelo will fight three times in the upcoming year. If that’s the case Canelo will likely fight two of the three names mentioned above in 2021.


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