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Callum Smith previews mega-fight with Canelo!

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The mega-fight years in the making is finally taking place this Saturday, as WBA world super-middleweight champion Callum Smith takes on current pound for pound king, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at the Alamodome in Texas with a limited capacity of fans in attendance.

Team Morson’s Smith comes into the fight with an undefeated record of 27-0 and is confident in securing the biggest win of his career against the Mexican superstar that will be standing across the ring on December 19th:


“Obviously, he’s a good fighter, he’s got a nice style and he’s pleasing on the eye but he’s not invincible, he does lose rounds. He doesn’t whitewash everyone, Daniel Jacobs was a close fight, Kovalev was a close fight, the two GGG fights were close, yeah they’re all very good wins but he’s not Floyd Mayweather where he wins every round. Stylistically I can see ways I can come up and definitely beat him, whether it includes Canelo or not, the best version of me beats anyone in the world at 168”


There is a pre-existing storyline that draws Callum and Canelo together deeper, with the fact that Canelo defeated Callum’s brother, Liam by stoppage 4 years ago. Even though Callum has stated that revenge was never at the forefront of his mind when making this fight happen, Liam represents an invaluable source of knowledge in terms of what to expect from the feared power puncher:


“I can sit and watch every single Canelo fight out there but it’s completely different when you get in with someone and Liam’s been in there and seen him up close. He’s seen ways I can catch him where he’s had success, obviously stylistically we’re similar in a lot of ways but also different in many ways too, as I’m a lot taller so I may not get the same Canelo that he fought. Canelo adjusts in every fight though and he’s in the position he’s in for a reason, I’ve just got to be prepared for whatever Canelo turns up and be good enough to beat him”


Throughout the majority of the year, the possibility of the defining fight of Callum’s career taking place without fans loomed over the scouse superstar, but the news that the 64,000-seater Alamodome will be open to a limited capacity will add some sense of a familiar big fight occasion for a fight of this magnitude, however this doesn’t change Smith’s approach to the fight:


“Any fans is better than no fans, but for me fans are what bring that adrenaline out in you and let you know it’s time to perform. It’d have been a bit strange fighting the biggest fight of my career behind closed doors, I still feel we’ve been robbed of a huge capacity and travelling fans, but whether there’s 10 people in the arena or 10,000 it doesn’t matter, the objective remains the same and that’s to defend my world title successfully”


Smith’s long-time coach, Joe Gallagher pushed home the idea that this is truly a legacy fight for his fighter and even compared the occasion to another famous night for a Team Morson fighter:


“This is Ricky Hatton vs Floyd Mayweather without the crowd. Ricky Hatton was the world champion and he went to fight the P4P number one, likewise Callum Smith is the world champion and he’s going fighting the P4P number one. In both instances they’re both very live fighters that everyone thought they have a good chance and Callum Smith has got a huge chance of beating Canelo”

He continued:


“He is the P4P number one, when you look at the world titles he’s won, the weight divisions he’s gone through, he’s only lost to Mayweather. He’s an adrenaline junkie; he likes the fast cars, he likes the wild horses and he likes a challenge, and for him Callum to him is a huge challenge. Despite all that he’s just a man like everyone else, we’ve all woke up to the likes of Mike Tyson and Roy Jones getting beat, Canelo’s had hard fights and sooner or later he’s going to get beat”


Fellow Morson ambassador Anthony Crolla will also be in Texas as part of Smith’s corner team on fight night and the Manchester boxing legend couldn’t contain his excitement for a a massive night for combat sports:


“It’s two elite fighters going against each other at the peak of their careers and I’m made up to be a part of it.  I’m a huge boxing fan, I’ve been in with Lomachenko and I’ve seen Mayweather and seen Canelo and they’re three Hall of Famers, but I’m not just looking forward to seeing Canelo, I’m looking forward to seeing my mate do the business and have his name in lights”

We at Morson wish Callum all the best in one of the biggest fights of the year and will be showing our full support!