Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez will step back into the ring for a super middleweight title fight against Callum Smith on December 19 in the United States, the two boxers announced on Wednesday.
Smith will play the belt that credits him as the best in the category against one of the most popular faces of the sport. The exact location of the fight has not been announced.
Neither has fought since last November, when Alvarez (53-1-2) stopped Sergey Kovalev in 11 rounds to win the WBO light heavyweight title and Smith (27-0) won by unanimous decision. from the judges to John Ryder in his hometown, Liverpool.
“I wanted a great fight since I was proclaimed world champion,” Smith, 30, said in a statement. “So I’m delighted that in these tough times we can offer the fans a fight among the best in the category.”
“I really believe that I will beat him and show that 168 pounds is my category,” he added.
Álvarez, who is also 30 years old and has only conceded one loss, to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013, wrote on his Instagram account that he is “smarter than ever.”
“It has been a long wait but I assure you it will be worth it,” said the Mexican boxer.