Canelo Alvarez was seven inches shorter than Callum Smith on Saturday night. He had an eight-inch reach disadvantage. He hadn't fought in over a year.
And he had absolutely no problem taking out his opponent.
The heavy favorite cashed with ease, beating Smith by unanimous decision thanks to a heavy dose of uppercuts and constant pressure. Alvarez just continued to move forward throughout the fight, not letting anything Smith threw stop him in his tracks.
Alvarez stated before the fight that he wants to unify all the titles at 168 and beating Smith was a big first step. However his next step could also be a highly anticipated trilogy fight with Gennadiy Golovkin who scored his own victory on Friday.
Boxers, celebrities and athletes took to social media to share their thoughts on Alvarez's latest accomplishment.
Canelo has the highest boxing IQ since Mayweather 🇲🇽— Carlos Correa (@TeamCJCorrea) December 20, 2020
I need to @ErrolSpenceJr vs Canelo— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) December 20, 2020
Canelo looking really good ! Me and his style of fighting will be a mega fight Mark my words !!!— Edgar Berlanga Jr (@EdgarBerlangaJr) December 20, 2020
Some performance by Canelo, he's a special fighter and proves it time and time again. Who can beat him now? Callum very braved with some chin but just out classed tonight, no shame losing to P4P no.1! I scored it 10-2 #CaneloSmith— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) December 20, 2020
Canelo is the P4P best— Joseph Diaz (@JosephDiazJr) December 20, 2020
Canelo stayed ahead for most of the fight & proved too strong for Smith, so Canelo is the man at this weight - head up @CallumSmith23 ... took a lot of shots, but hanged tough & stayed in there 🥊 #CaneloSmith— Audley Harrison MBE (@audleyharrison) December 20, 2020
Canelo defense is the best in boxing— Tony Harrison (@Iamboxing) December 20, 2020
Good big man beats a good little man, but a good big man getting his brakes beat off tonight by a great little man. #canelo— Max Kellerman (@maxkellerman) December 20, 2020
List of boxers I'd like to see #Canelo fight in order of preference:— Max Kellerman (@maxkellerman) December 20, 2020