The highly anticipated super middleweight title clash between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Callum Smith on December 19th has been given a venue confirmation.
The 168-pound mega fight will take place at The Alamodome in San Antonio.
Despite Texas receiving thousands of new Covid-19 cases, a limited amount of fans will watch the bout in person.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) November 20, 2020
Last month, the same venue held the Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz title fight which received an attendance of over 9,000 people.
A similar or greater number of fans is expected on December 19th.
The venue announcement was received well by current pound-for-pound “king” Alvarez. He stated on his Instagram: “Excited to return to this great state and to share with all my followers”.
The fight comes after a long spell of inactivity for Canelo, who last knocked out Sergey Kovalev back in November of last year.
For Smith, it’s been anticipated since his last fight- a unanimous decision win against John Ryder in Liverpool – that the Liverpudlian would get his dream fight at a packed out Anfield stadium. But the current Coronavirus restrictions in England means that doesn’t look likely for some time.
Smith has had his sights set Canelo for some time now, but in a recent interview with Boxing Social has explained he is just thankful to get a fight during these uncertain times.
“I think I’m in the same position as most fighters, being out the ring a long time, its coming up to a year for myself and I feel I’m in my best years, so to get any form of fight was a big relief”
“It is pleasing that its the one that I wanted, it’s the main fight, it’s the biggest one and I’m ready to go over there and successfully defend my world title”
Although Canelo has just come out of a legal battle with streaming company DAZN, the fight will be streamed exclusively on their platform.
This also means that DAZN will officially launch a service for UK customers for the very first time starting on December 1st, with a subscription available for just £1.99 a month.
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