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Canelo vs Smith: Pros react to another big win for Canelo Alvarez

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It was all Canelo on Saturday at the Alamodome.

Canelo Alvarez v Callum Smith Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom via Getty Images

It was another class performance on Saturday night from Canelo Alvarez, as the Mexican superstar returned to action with a one-sided decision win over Callum Smith in a DAZN main event from San Antonio’s Alamodome.

Canelo won on scores of 117-111, 119-109, and 119-109 to take the WBA super middleweight title from Smith, and pick up the vacant WBC belt, too. That accomplishment makes Canelo a four-division titlist — not three — and cemented him as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport if you already had him there, and adds to his argument if you didn’t.

The pros were generally impressed, too, as they would be by what turned into a clinical beatdown of a very good fighter in Smith (27-1, 19 KO), who suffers his first pro loss (though some felt that should have come 13 months ago). At 54-1-2 (36 KO), Canelo just keeps marching on, and big fights await. Any fight he has will be big, of course, but he’s got his pick of the litter, which we’ll get into more tomorrow.

Here’s what some of the pros had to say in the immediate aftermath: