Canelo Álvarez works on skills at training camp
Callum Smith will make the third defence of his WBA super-middleweight title on against Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez, who is regarded by many as the best active pound-for-pound fighter in the world. The Liverpudlian took the fight on a month’s notice, but he feels unique insight from his brother Liam can give him an advantage.
Alvarez has won world titles in four divisions, from light-middleweight to light-heavyweight, and among his 53 wins in 56 professional bouts is Smith’s older brother Liam, who was knocked out inside nine rounds back in 2016.
“Nothing’s ideal, ideal would have been an announcement 12 weeks ago and I would have had a 10-week camp,” said Smith.
“But I was training anyway, I live a good life, I’m always in and around the gym. It’s four weeks’ notice but four weeks where I’m in OK shape to just tailor it towards ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
“If I didn’t believe I’d been in good shape come December 19 I would have turned it down and planned on securing the fight next year. I’ve got no excuses, I’ll be in very good shape.
“My brother Liam has been in with him and as much you can watch someone over the years on video, it’s always different being in with them.
“Liam has seen him up close, he knows little things he does very well and stuff he feels I can capitalise on. I’ve picked his brains before this fight was even made over the fight and more so throughout camp.
“He’s with me every day in the gym, he watches the spars, him and (trainer) Joe (Gallagher) have both given me advice and I believe he will come up with a good game plan.
“Providing I stick to it and use all my ability, I definitely believe we can pull it off.”
There is also plenty of action on the undercard to keep fans entertained in the build-up to the main event.
Unbeaten prospects Alexis Espino and Austin Williams will both feature in the ring, while two-time amateur world champion Marc Castro will make his professional debut.
Super-middleweight Espino meets Ashton Sykes as middleweight Williams takes on Isaiah Jones.
Castro’s debut will come against Luis Javier Valdes after two false starts to launch his pro career.
“It’s been a crazy year but I’m ready to get my pro career started on one of the best cards of the year, God willing,” said Castro.
“The positive Covid result and the ankle injury were just little setbacks that I have fully recovered from and I cannot wait to get started in the pros on December 19.”
Canelo vs Smith undercard
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith – The Ring and WBA (Super) super-middleweight titles
Frank Sanchez vs Julian Fernandez – heavyweight
Raymond Ford vs Juan Antonio Lopez – featherweight
Austin Williams vs Isiah Jones – middleweight
Marc Castro vs Luis Javier Valdes – featherweight
Alexis Espino vs Ashton Sykes – super-middleweight
Christian Gomez Duran vs Angel Hernandez – welterweight
Alexis Eduardo Molina vs Robert Greenwood – featherweight
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