Retainer Culum Smith is set to face Mexican superstar Saul Canello Alvarez in next month’s World Super-Middleweight title fight.
The pair arrived in the U.S. on December 19. The head in will depart, although the exact location is yet to be confirmed, while WBA and Ring Magazine are on the title line.
Smith, unbeaten in 27 fights, said: “I’ve been wanting a big fight since I became world champion, so I’m glad we can give the fans a fight between the very best in the division during this challenging time.
“I believe I will beat him and prove that 168 lbs is my division.”
Smith won his title after beating George Groves in Jeddah in September 2018, putting up two successful defenses, stopping Hassan N’Dam in three rounds in New York and winning the decision against Britain’s John Ryder in November 2019.
Canello, who set the 53-1-2 record, said: “I am very happy to be back in the ring and continue to make history.
“I’m motivated to continue to be excellent, and I look forward to fighting Klum Smith, one of the best at 168 lbs.”
Promoter Eddie Harney said: “I am delighted to be part of this huge fight to bring this opportunity closer to 2020 and to Culm Smith.
“Canelo is a fearless rival who constantly challenges himself against the great champion and this will be an exciting battle for 168lb dominance.
“It’s a pleasure to work with Canello and Eddie Renoso and we look forward to a wonderful event on December 19th.”
Additional reporting by P.A.
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