Saul "Canelo" Alvarez’s clash with Callum Smith for Smith's WBA super middleweight championship will take place with a limited live crowd at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday December 19th, live on DAZN in 200+ countries and on TV Azteca in Mexico.An announcement on ticket prices and on-sale dates will be made early next week. Alvarez (53-1-2, 36 KOs) fights at the venue for the second time in his storied career having beaten Austin Trout there in April 2013, and it’s the fourth time the Mexican pound-for-pound king has boxed in Texas having also beaten James Kirkland and Smith’s older brother Liam in the Lone Star state.
Smith (27-0 19 KOs) will be gunning for revenge for ‘Beefy’s’ defeat in September 2016, and the Liverpool star will look to stake his position as the #1 super middleweight in the world with victory on the biggest night of his eight-year pro career.
The Alamodome has a rich history of staging blockbuster fights, including the infamous draw between Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez and the late great Pernell Whitaker in April of the stadiums opening year in 1993. Manny Pacquiao, Evander Holyfield, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Canelo himself have headlined since then – and Canelo is excited to return to San Antonio and fight in front of his adoring faithful. “I am thrilled to be back at the Alamodome and very thankful to be fighting in front of my fans on December 19,” said Canelo. “I have great memories of my previous bouts in Texas, and I expect this to be a special fight to close out the year.”
“It’s fantastic news to be able to hold this great fight in front of fans and in a great stadium like the Alamodome,” said Eddie Hearn, managing director of Matchroom Sport. “It’s a fight that deserves to be witnessed in the flesh and those fans that snap up the hottest ticket in town next week will be in for a brilliant night of action, topped by the pound-for-pound king taking on the number one Super-Middleweight in the world – a simply unmissable occasion for those in attendance and watching live on DAZN.”