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Fast Results from San Antonio: Callum Smith is No Match for Canelo

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  • Fast Results from San Antonio: Callum Smith is No Match for Canelo

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    By Arne K. Lang

    Two world title belts were at stake tonight when super middleweights Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Callum Smith locked horns at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. But the hardware was of little consequence as the fight would have been a compelling attraction without it.

    It behooved Alvarez to look good after Gennadiy Golovkin -- the rival with whom he will be forever linked – looked super-sharp in dismantling his opponent the previous night. As for Smith, the UK invader, an upset would likely earn him the Fighter of the Year laurel in many polls and would boost him into the high-rent district when it came to negotiating future purses.

    The consensus of opinion was that Canelo would find a way inside Smith’s longer frame and gradually take the starch out of him with a succession of body punches. This wasn’t too far off the mark although Canelo was in control throughout.

    Smith, who was 27-0 coming in, had stopped 19 opponents, 10 in the very first round. However, Canelo blunted his power by making him fight off the back foot. Smith never landed a hurtful punch and his jabs were not stiff enough to deter Canelo from moving forward.

    Alvarez, who advanced his record to 54-1-2, was unable to put away the Englishman, but looked fresher at the finish. The judges had it 117-111 and 119-109 twice.

    After the fight Canelo said that he would welcome a third fight with Golovkin.


    Heavyweight Frank Sanchez, purportedly 214-6 as an amateur in Cuba, took longer than expected to put away gutsy Julian Fernandez, but he ended the contest in fine style, knocking Rodriguez through the ropes in the seventh round with a big overhand right punctuated by a short left-right combo. Fernandez would have been in no condition to continue if he were allowed extra seconds to find his way back into the ring, and the bout was waived off. The official time was 1:35.

    Sanchez, who had been training under Eddy Reynoso at Camp Canelo, improved to 17-0 with his 13th stoppage. Tijuana’s Fernandez (14-3) is 0-3 outside Mexico with all three losses inside the distance.

    Other Bouts

    In a battle of southpaws, rising super featherweight Raymond Ford, a former national Golden Gloves champion from Camden, New Jersey, improved to 7-0 (4) with a seventh-round stoppage of Juan Antonio Lopez (15-8). Ford, 21, dropped Lopez with a right hook late in the opening round and ended the one-sided fight with another right hook, a punch that dropped Lopez to a knee and forced the stoppage.

    Houston middleweight Austin “Ammo” Williams, a southpaw, needed only 89 seconds to advance his record to 7-0 (6 KOs). Williams hurt Detroit’s Isiah Jones (9-4) with a straight left shortly after the opening minute, and immediately went for the kill, raining punches on his stunned opponent to force the stoppage. It was the fourth loss in the last five starts for Jones, but all came against undefeated opponents and he hadn’t previously been stopped.

    Two of Canelo’s Guadalajara homies made their U.S. debut on the undercard. Welterweight Christian Gomez (19-2-1, 17 KOs) stopped Texas journeyman Angel Hernandez (17-16-2) in the third round. Featherweight Alexis Moreno (8-0-1) wasn’t as fortunate as he was held to a draw by Indiana’s Robert Greenwood (5-0-1).

    Fresno super featherweight Marc Castro, a highly decorated U.S. amateur, won his pro debut with a third round knockout of Tijuana’s Luis Javier Valdes (7-6-1).

    .Check out more boxing news on video at the Boxing Channel

  • #2
    Andre Ward should come back and fight Canelo.

    Prove those (slightly premature?) HOF creds.

    I’m not so sure he can. Or that he ever will.


    • #3
      Yea KO how about this ? Somebody, anybody get in the ring and make a fight of it. That is all I was looking for from Smith. Hey if the skills are not there fine but fight man fight. It is called a fight. Some will say that Canelo and his skill set made Smith what he was in the ring. Smith was a fighter who started backing up as soon as the first bell rang. I believe he did not have the ability to throw anything with authority, he did not have the ability to fight with any movement. The ansere to why is in the middle. yes Canelo was a better fighter but he also came in the ring to do something. I would of had more respect for Smith if he just got in there at some point and said no way, not like this.Let the fists land where they will. SO I did see some fights this weekend but this this one. They set back the belief that all the fighters out of Europe are stand up straight like you got a stick in your butt and try and last till the last bell without getting hit as much as possible. The state of boxing. The bigger the fight the lesser the action these days. Give me two guys with less polish and skills not yet developed fighting like they want it any time. I used up my time my few dollars for the fight that give me the right to comment. Thanks for the write up thanks KO for the kick back. I better stop.


      • #4
        Donny LaLonde was similarly overmatched against Ray Leonard.

        But ya, he made it a fight alright. Smith didn’t do diddly.


        • #5
          Thanks KO that is all I need is one or two fight fans who see it as it is. Nothing against Canelo but to not make it a fight of some sort talking Smith's lack of action was something you should not have to watch at such a high level of boxing. Seeing it more and more. Look at Rosado - Jacobs what average six punch's per round, then there was the Joshua fighting a 40 year old man as if it would turn into something. His oponent must of got word the check cleared around the 3rd round cuss he just turned his back like I am done now. There are others but why say there names ? Did I see some smaller cards that were decent yes, did I witness a few undercards spread out sure but you really got to work at it. If it is all about entertainment with big fights sobeit. But not gonna call it anything else. Not Gonna DO IT......... OH if I dont see you at the fights have a Nice Christmas man.


          • #6
            Same to you 57, thanks for reading.

            BTW, I got a new one out, the 2020 Knockout of the Year,

            Give it a look.