Callum Smith has been confirmed as Canelo's next opponent and this is big news for British sport. Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse checks out the early betting...
"Many industry insiders believe Mundo has the skills and size to cause Alvarez problems"
Britain's Callum Smith is set to defend his WBA world super middleweight title against Mexican boxing sensation Saul Alvarez in an end-of-year blockbuster. The fight will take place in America on 19 December with a venue yet to be confirmed.
Tuesday's announcement may have caught many off guard but it's a clash fight fans have been longing for. It has been a difficult year for boxing, but the sport will end on a high and credit goes to both fighters and promoters for making this dream bout a reality.
As Mundo and Canelo step up their preparations for next month's showdown, Betfair users can make their early predictions on the outcome. Fight winner betting is available as well as several eye-catching specials, such as a stunning knockout win for Smith or another polished performance and points victory for Alvarez.
Smith has size and strength
Liverpool's 30-year-old Smith is unbeaten in 27 previous starts as a professional, scoring 19 of those wins inside the distance. Standing at 6ft 3inches tall and carrying a fearsome 70% knockout average, many industry insiders believe Mundo has the skills and size to cause Alvarez problems on fight night. If Canelo is without his beloved army of fans, or numbers are limited due to coronavirus restrictions, Team Smith would have reason to be even more confident.
The champion is ranked number one in the world in the super middleweight division at present, ahead of Daniel Jacobs, David Benavidez, and fellow Brit Billy Joe Saunders. Smith famously stopped George Groves in seven rounds to win the World Boxing Super Series in 2018 and has since taken out Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam in three before edging a narrow points verdict over John Ryder last time.
Alvarez a boxing superstar
Canelo Alvarez is the pound-for-pound star of modern boxing and a favourite of both fans and fighters. The pride of Jalisco, Mexico may only be 30 years old, but he already has 56 professional contests, starting as a paid fighter at just 15. His stats stand at 53 wins against one defeat and two draws, the spare loss coming against Floyd Mayweather Jr on points in 2013, a majority decision the result at the MGM Grand that night.
Saul's hit-list reads like a who's who of boxing through a range of weight categories. He has already beaten Miguel Cotto, Matthew Hatton, Ryan Rhodes, Shane Mosley, Amir Khan, Liam Smith, Gennady Golovkin, and Sergey Kovalev, to name just a few. The wins mentioned were between super welterweight and light heavyweight. Alvarez stopped Kovalev in the 11th round of their fight at the MGM Grand last year, his most recent appearance.
Canelo the early fav
Canelo has started almost all his fights as a red hot favourite in the betting and this meeting with Smith is no different. The Mexican is 1.271/4 on the Betfair Exchange in the fight winner market. The KO/TKO is 1.9620/21 in the method of victory betting with a points win 3.3512/5.
Smith is the underdog, but he has a huge size and reach advantage over the challenger and that's sure to attract the attention of value hunters. Those willing to take a chance on Smith scoring a win that would send shockwaves through boxing can have 3.953/1 on the exchange. The points decision is surprisingly generous at 9.417/2 with the KO/TKO 5.79/2.