Canelo Alvarez this past weekend solidified his status as the biggest draw and star in the sport of boxing.
Fighting at light-heavyweight again, against a much, much taller and rangier foe in the form of Callum Smith, Alvarez boxed him easy in the end.
A dominant, twelve round shut out win in Texas left little doubt as to who the victor would be after the final bell.
Alvarez showed he was getting better technically even during a year like 2020 was for the world and the sport of boxing.
Behind lock downs and closed doors it was clear Alvarez had been working diligently on his technique.
Still trying to get better even with the troubles he had outside the ring in 2020.
Nothing was to distract him on fight night as the Canelo vs Callum Smith full fight video highlights show:
(Hat tip DAZN YouTube)
It emerged after the fight that Smith suffered a damaged bicep.
Something that Canelo had intended to wear the taller man down with.
Targeting the arm, an unusual tactic but a strategy clearly that paid off for Alvarez.
The options are plentiful next up.
Where he boxes on in terms of what platform or network remains to be seen.
Opponent wise the likes of Charlo and Billy Joe Saunders have been mooted.
All roads lead to Canelo Alvarez however.
The choice will be his.
Following the bout Alvarez mentioned that he will stay between super-middleweight and light-heavyweight.
Further mentioning that a move to cruiserweight would be too much.
Alvarez also showed some improved English in the post-fight after math.
If his skills and English continue to improve again next time expect his star to grow even further.
Canelo is his own boss and no doubt will weigh things up soon.
Personally I’d like to see him fight Billy Joe Saunders or Charlo next but time will tell.
All in all, great to see the biggest star in the sport box before the year it out.
After a crazy, crazy year the sport can breath a small sigh of relief in that it had somewhat of a decent end to the year.
Indeed, breathing exercises and meditation something I’m incorporating myself at the minute haha.
But yeah, great to see Canelo’s improvement as a fighter again.
Say what you want regarding the unsubstantiated claims made for how Canelo performed as an athlete in the past and how it was possible for him to step up in weight again, he’s an awesome fighter.
That much is clear.
The thing is though after Saunders, Charlo and maybe one or two others who’s left for him to fight.
Gennady Golovkin in a third fight will be pushed no doubt but as much of a warrior as GGG is he is not where he was a few years back.
Canelo now is coming into his prime and will get even better still in the years ahead.
A special talent.