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Best Shots: Canelo Alvarez defeats Callum Smith to claim super middleweight title

Canelo becomes a new WBC, WBA and The Ring super middleweight champion

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Saul Canelo Alvarez and Callum Smith squared off at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX on Saturday, December 19 (Sunday, December 20 in Australia). The contest featured multi-weight champion up against the defending WBA and The Ring super middleweight champion in the scheduled for twelve rounds matchup. In addition a vacant WBC super middleweight title was on the line.

The pair went a full distance. In the end the judges decision unanimous went in favor of Canelo. Two judges scored the fight 119-109, while the third judge had it 117-111.

Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith | Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

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Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith | Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith | Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith | Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

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Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith | Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith | Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith | Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

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Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith | Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith | Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith
Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith | Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

With the win Canelo Alvarez earns the belts and updates his record to 54-1-2, 36 KOs. Callum Smith suffers the first defeat in his professional boxing career and drops to 27-1.

Canelo Alvarez
Saul Canelo Alvarez becomes a new WBC, WBA and The Ring super middleweight champion | Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

The full fight results from Canelo vs Smith card can be found here.

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