Boxing: Saul Canelo Alvarez set to take on Callum Smith on Saturday night

Saul Canelo Alvarez set to take on Callum Smith on Saturday night

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez will make his first in-ring appearance of 2020 when he takes on Callum Smith on Saturday night.

Alvarez will challenge Smith for the WBA (Super), The Ring and vacant WBC super middleweight titles in San Antonio, Texas.

It will be Canelo’s first fight since stopping Sergey Kovalev in the 11th round last November to claim the WBO light heavyweight title and become a four-division world champion.

He returns to the 168-pound division for the second time after blowing out Rocky Fielding with a third-round TKO in December 2018 to capture the WBA (Regular) super middleweight title at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The undefeated Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) is back in action against arguably the best fighter in boxing. In his last outing, Smith narrowly got by John Ryder in defense of his WBA (Super) and The Ring 168-pound titles.

Canelo has the opportunity to bolster his credentials as a British slayer when he faces Callum.

Five Brits have tried and fallen victim to his punishing skills in the ring while only one has survived to hear the final bell.

Canelo has beat Mathew Hatton (2011 via Unanimous Decision), Ryan Rhodes (2011 via TKO), Amir Khan (2016 via KO), Liam Smith (2016 via KO) and Rocky Fielding (2018 via TKO).