World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman is smiling from cheek to cheek, for the upcoming return of Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Canelo will challenge undefeated WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith on Saturday night in Texas.
The contest will also involve the vacant WBC super middleweight title.
For Canelo it’s his first bout since November of 2019, when he moved up by two weight divisions to score a knockout of Sergey Kovalev to capture the WBO light heavyweight strap – which he later vacated.
Smith was also in action that month – in the toughest fight of his career as he struggled to beat the always dangerous John Ryder in a mandatory defense.
Sulaiman is expecting a very tough test for Canelo.
“Callum Smith represents a significant challenge for Canelo, as he is undefeated, possesses experience and will be fighting at his natural weight, in addition to having a lofty height advantage, to the tune of 18 centimeters. Callum Smith won the World Boxing Super Series tournament in which he earned the WBC Diamond Belt along with the Muhammad Ali trophy. In this tournament he was dominant and beat the then-favorite George Groves. Since that time, he has kept his sights on capturing the WBC championship and has been patiently waiting for the opportunity to do so for over two years,” Sulaiman said.
“Canelo Alvarez is definitely the most important boxer of today. He is the world leader in boxing, and he is more anxious than ever to get back into the ring since his last fight was in November of last year, when he knocked out Sergey Kovalev. The terrible pandemic stalled ambitious plans that he had laid out. He could not fight on May 5 or September 16, which had been an important tradition for world boxing.
The WBC is proud that this fight has the super middleweight championship at stake and at the self-same time, we must recognize Turkish Avni Yildirim for his exemplary cooperation in accepting a step aside agreement to allow and facilitate the fight to take place with the guarantee that the winner will face him within the next 90 days.”
Noel Galang – Kamao TV