Callum Smith bids to restore family name by beating Canelo Alvarez

As brothers go, none are tighter than the four fighting Smiths.

Ever since as kids when they turned their front room into a boxing ring and fought with a glove on one hand a tea towel wrapped around the other, they have been a team.

When one fights, the other three are always at ringside.

Callum Smith was there the night Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez brutally knocked out older brother Liam in Arlington, Texas, in 2016.

Yet Smith says he will not motivated by revenge when he faces Alvarez in the early hours of tomorrow, also in Texas, in San Antonio’s Alamodome.

Part of him he will want to avenge Liam’s loss as his brother, but ultimately he wants to win for himself and prove he is one of the world’s best fighters.

December 18, 2020; San Antonio, TX; Saul Alvarez and Callum Smith pose after weighing in for their upcoming bout. The two will meet on the December 19, 2020 Matchroom card at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom.

“Do I want revenge?” he told Mirror Sport. “Yes and no. It would be nice to avenge that loss and I avenged the George Groves one for Paul.

“That was nice, but even at that time, that fight was about me and becoming a world champion.

“It was just an added bonus that I was able to win for Paul.

“This is the same. A win for me over Saul Alvarez would be huge and avenging Liam would make it that little bit better.

“But even if he had never fought Liam, this fight would be just as big for me. It’s huge and it’s an opportunity for me to prove how good I am. I genuinely believe I am good enough to win.”

Smith, 30, found Alvarez’s destruction of the previously-unbeaten Liam hard to watch.

Alvarez put him down in the seventh and eighth rounds before sparking him out in the ninth to relieve the Liverpudlian of his WBO light-middleweight title.

Liam did have some successes early on and Smith believes he will be a different proposition because of his size and strength.

Smith is a freak at 168lbs and at 6ft 3ins, the WBA Super and Ring magazine champion is nearly five inches taller than Alvarez and his reach is almost eight inches longer.

“I spoke to Liam after the fight on the night, although then I never imagined I would be fighting Alvarez,” he said.

“Liam had a lot of success and if Liam had my attributes, my size, my power, my style, he would have done even better.“I’m very different to Liam and so style wise, I do believe I can have enough success to win the fight.

“I’m a very big super-middleweight. I always focus on myself. As long as the best version of me turns up, I’m good to go.”

Alvarez likes the odds stacked in his favour and only gave Smith just under five weeks to prepare.

The Mexican picked him because of his poor display last time out against John Ryder 13 months ago and is also fighting in Texas where the judges favour him.

Despite these handicaps, Smith insists he can upset the odds and pull off what would be one of the great victories by a Brit abroad.

“I know how good he is, but styles make fights and with my style, I definitely believe I’m very hard to beat when I fight to the best of my ability,” said Smith.

“I’m finally on the big stage now and I want to enjoy it. But I’m not just here to be a part of it, I’m here to win and cement my legacy in boxing. Not just for me, but for British boxing.”

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