Callum Smith puts his unbeaten record on the line at the Alamodome in Texas on Saturday night when he steps up in class to take on pound for pound fighter Canelo Alvarez for the WBA and vacant WBC super-middleweight titles. The Liverpool boxer will also be looking for revenge after his brother Liam was knocked-out by the Mexican superstar back in 2016, a result that most feel is highly unlikely considering Alvarez is at the height of his game. Tipsters Form Labs guide you to where the value might lie with their betting tips for the fight, while we have some additional value with our boosted odds for Canelo to win on points which you can claim below.
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Pound For Pound Canelo
The high-profile fights come thick and fast in a boxing calendar that threatened to be derailed due to Covid-19, and the latest is just as big as previous weeks.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is arguably the best pound for pound fighter on the planet and has answered any and all questions that have been thrown at him throughout his career so far.
The 53-1-2 fighter has it all: Footwork, reflexes, head movement and most importantly a killer blow. KO victories over Rocky Fielding and Sergey Kovalev show exactly what he’s about, while his two matches against GGG in 2017 and 2018 prove he’s near impossible to beat on his day.
His fight with Kovalev is arguably the most telling here as he had to cope with an opponent with a longer reach, albeit not the extent of Smith’s.
Canelo came though that clash using his footwork well to get in close and cause devastating blows to the Russian’s body, and he’ll likely have to do the same here against Smith, who has over eight inches on the Mexican’s reach.
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Step Up In Class For Smith
Callum Smith is certainly a step up for Canelo with the Liverpudlian boasting an impeccable 27-0-0 record in his professional career with 19 Kos.
However, he’s never faced anyone remotely close to the standards of his opponent here, while although he won via UD in his last fight against John Ryder, that was an extremely questionable decision with ‘The Gorilla’ outboxing Smith for the majority of the fight and looked to have taken the W before the verdict.
Canelo To Win Rounds 7-9
Canelo will deploy a similar strategy to Ryder, only he’s a far superior fighter to the Brit and Mundo may struggle to cope like he did on that night against Ryder.
He’ll have to use his jab to perfection, though we can’t see him keeping Alvarez out for too long and after what may be a few tactically fought early rounds we’d expect the Mexican’s quality to shine through in the second half of the fight, so that’s where to value lies for us.