Friday, April 23

Canelo Alvarez, Callum Smith to fight – The Athletic

How we got here

Mike Coppinger, boxing insider: Alvarez ended his lawsuit against Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN earlier this month with a free release from both parties, but now, he’s shockingly back with the platform that refused to pay him his $35 million guarantee.

Promoter Eddie Hearn moved quickly to close a one-fight deal with the sport’s biggest star, returning him to the streaming service he was once the face of. Alvarez gets his wish, sneaking a fight in before the end of 2020 and against the best competition available. Smith is considered the best 168-pounder in the world, and Alvarez will be chasing a title in a fourth weight class.

What does this mean for Callum Smith?

Coppinger: It’s a chance for Callum to avenge his older brother, Liam, who was routed and stopped by Alvarez in September 2016. More so, it’s an opportunity for “Mundo” to assert himself as an elite fighter and a star. He can accomplish both against Alvarez, the sport’s top attraction and pound-for-pound fighter. But of course, he’ll need to score an upset to do so.

Will the layoff have any effect on Canelo?

Coppinger: I doubt it. Alvarez is always in the gym and has been sparring throughout the layoff. His coach, reigning trainer of the year Eddy Reynoso, always has his fighters sharp and ready, and surely, Canelo will be at the top of his game. He never stopped training in San Diego despite the lawsuit.

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