Date: 0400, 20/12/2020
Britain’s Callum Smith steps up to elite level when taking on Mexican superstar Saul Canelo Alvarez in San Antonio and is expected to relish the challenge.
Beating one of the modern-day boxing greats is a big ask for the tough Liverpudlian, but we feel he can be competitive at the Alamodome.
Bwin is offering a price boost of 6/4 for this fight to go the full 12 rounds and that is our first Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith prediction.
A Look At Canelo Alvarez’s Betting Odds
Alvarez has won world titles in four different divisions, all the way up from welterweight to light-heavy, in compiling a record of 53 wins, one defeat and two draws.
The sole loss came when he was outpointed by Floyd Mayweather back in September 2013, although he was considered fortunate to draw with Gennadiy Golovkin three years ago.
Canelo can boast a narrow win over Golovkin in their rematch, as well as claiming notable scalps such as Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto.
He has also brushed aside several British opponents, including Amir Khan, Rocky Fielding, Ryan Rhodes, Matthew Hatton and Smith’s brother Liam.
The 30-year-old is fighting above his natural division in this WBC and WBA super-middleweight title bout, though, even if dispatching an over-the-top Sergey Kovalev at light-heavy last November.
Ring rust could also play a part in this contest being closer than many pundits will predict.
However, the Mexican is arguably the biggest box-office draw in the world right now and that does tend to affect how judges score his bouts, as highlighted by the two Golovkin clashes.
We’re siding with the favourite to win on points at 9/5 for the second of our Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith betting tips.
A Look At Callum Smith’s Betting Odds
Smith hails from a proud fighting family, with older siblings Paul, Stephen and Liam all title holders at various levels.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist has won all 27 of his bouts in the paid ranks and come through some tough battles.
After beating fellow Scouser Fielding for the British title in November 2015, Mundo went on to claim outright glory in the ultra-competitive World Boxing Super Series.
He upset George Groves in the final of that tournament in Saudi Arabia two years ago and also secured the WBA super-middleweight belt as a result.
With two successful defences of that title completed, this is a dream chance to achieve fame and fortune.
“I have wanted a big fight since becoming world champion, so I am pleased that during these challenging times we can deliver to the fans a fight between the very best in the division,” said the 30-year-old.
“I truly believe I will beat him and will prove that 168lbs is my division.”
The underdog is 7/2 to pull off a surprise success in the Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith odds and can be backed at 10/1 to win on points or 6/1 to get the job done inside the distance.
Alvarez can have flat spots in bouts and is not too hard to hit at times, but we just fear a brave failure is on the cards for the Merseyside man.
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