"I am motivated to continue to be the best, and I look forward to fighting Callum Smith, who is one of the best at 168lbs".
The pair are set to meet on December 19 in what will be the final big fight of 2020, with the deal seeing him return to DAZN - just two weeks after he left to become both a promotional free agent and a network free agent. "Mundo" fought on the Canelo-Fielding card, defeating Hassan N'Dam by third-round TKO.
The pound for pound king Canelo (53-1-2) will return to the ring after more than a year out to take on Smith for his WBA Super Middle World title. His last fight was a hardfought unanimous decision victory over John Ryder last November. "I've been wanting a big fight since becoming world champion, so I'm so pleased that during these challenging times we can deliver to the fans a fight between the very best in the division", said Smith on the Matchroom Boxing Twitter feed. "I truly believe I beat him and will prove that 168lbs is my division".
Now, all roads lead to December 19 as Canelo attempts to further grow his legacy as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the sport. Or does Smith upset the apple cart and pull off the massive upset? Alvarez and the sports streaming platform also severed its remaining $285-million pact as part of the split with Golden Boy.
It will be shown live on internet platform DAZN in the United Kingdom, along with 200 other countries and territories worldwide as part of the global launch of the network regarded as "the Netflix of sport". On December 19 at At&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas we will have a fight to end the year!