The WBA super-middleweight championship between Canelo Alvarez and Callum Smith has been confirmed, finally! It will be the end-of-year blockbuster with Alvarez obviously being favored by the bookmakers. Here is our Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith betting preview and analysis on why it might be a close fight to call.
The best and likely the most exciting fight of the year is about to take place on December 19. The venue is yet to be determined, with Texas as the potential destination. Given his star-studded resume, Canelo Alvarez is the favorite, but his opponent Callum Smith is not a massive underdog.
Online gambling sites in Mexico cannot but regard Canelo as the favorite. It is not a surprise as he is currently the biggest name in the world of boxing. However, as our Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith betting preview shows, Canelo is more experienced while Smith has the size and reach advantage. Both fighters can pull out a win, but placing a bet on Smith is more profitable.
Alvarez the favorite to KO Smith
The 30-year-old Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez is about to get into the ring for the first and only time in 2020. His last fight was in November 2019 against Sergey Kovalev. He knocked out Kovalev in round 11 to capture the WBO light heavyweight title. As a result, Canelo became a four-division world champion.
Canelo who holds a record of 53-1-2 with 36 KOs, fought only once at 168 pounds. It was against Rocky Fielding in 2018 at Madison Square Garden. He won against Feilding via third-round TKO to capture the WBA (regular) super middleweight belt. Smith will be the second opponent who has both the size and reach advantage. Will Canelo pass the test? According to Bet365 Sportsbook, he will likely do so with 1.20 odds, and he will likely knock out Smith with 1.90 odds.
Smith has the size and reach advantage
Liverpool’s 30-year-old Callum Smith does have a big name like Canelo, and he could not yet land big fights to expand his profile. However, most online gambling news sites in Mexico consider him the number one in the super-middleweight division in the world. He stands ahead Daniel Jacobs, David Benavidez, and Billy Joe Saunders.
Smith is undefeated and holds a record of 27-0 with 19 KOs. His last fight in November 2019, was against John Ryder, where he successfully defended his WBA title. As per our Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith betting preview, Smith has both size and reach advantage. Should he utilize his advantage he might pull out the biggest upset of 2020 with 4.33 odds. He also has a chance to go the distance with 2.37 odds.
If you are interested in other top boxing fights coming in 2020, you can have a look at e.g. Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev odds. You can also check out the review about Bet365 Sportsbook one of the platforms offering the best boxing odds.