‘It could have been a better version of me tonight’: Callum Smith admits emphatic points defeat to Canelo Alvarez left him ‘devastated’ as Eddie Hearn reveals Brit ‘detached his bicep in the second or third round’
- Canelo Alvarez claimed a unanimous points victory over Callum Smith in Texas
- Mexican fighter won Smith’s WBA belt as well as the vacant WBC title
- Smith was left ‘devastated’ by his performance, saying he could have done more
- Fight promoter Eddie Hearn said Smith ‘detached his bicep’ early in the fight
- Alvarez set his sights on winning the WBO belt in super-middleweight division
Callum Smith admitted he was ‘devastated’ after Saturday night’s defeat to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and said he will need some time to consider his next move in the sport.
Alvarez secured an emphatic victory in the super-middleweight contest in San Antonio, Texas to win the previous undefeated Smith’s WBA title as well as the vacant WBC belt.
Fight promoter Eddie Hearn said he thought Smith detached his bicep in the second or third round.
Callum smith (right) admitted he is ‘devastated’ after his emphatic defeat to Canelo Alvarez
The Mexican claimed a unanimous points victory in a one-sided contest in San Antonio, Texas
British fighter Smith said on DAZN: ‘I’m devastated. I came here to win. No excuses, he was very good.
‘Maybe I’ve been on the weight too long. I don’t feel as dominant late on in fights.
‘It could have been a better version of me tonight. He performed and was the better man.
‘He is smart to be honest. He is clever. He closes ground, sets traps and before you know it he’s closed the ground up. I maybe let him close the ground up too easily.’
Asked if he will consider a step up in weight, Smith replied: ‘I need to go and spend time with family and decide what is next for me next year.’
Alvarez with his super-middleweight belts after the contest – he won Smith’s WBA title
Taking the role of aggressor from the first bell, Alvarez (left) constantly pounded Smith’s head
Matchroom promoter Hearn said on BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘You just saw the pound-for-pound king. Callum Smith is so tough. He have a great interview there.
‘I think he detached his bicep in the second or third round but it didn’t really matter.
‘It was a masterclass from Canelo. I just left Smith’s changing room and everyone is talking about Alvarez. He’s just so good.
‘I’m proud of Callum. He never stopped throwing but he came up against the best fighter on the planet.’
Hearn said he believes Alvarez will take on British WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders next year before a third fight against Gennady Golovkin.
Smith recoils as Alvarez connects with a fierce right to the face, one of several landed
Smith did enjoy his moments but as in this picture failed to connect and make an impact
Hearn said: ‘He loves to take on the best, he’s a hell of a fighter. Billy Joe Saunders and then GGG in that order.
‘I think he’s going to want to pick up the other belts in the division. I think he’ll go for Billy next.’
On the prospect of a third meeting with Golovkin, after a draw with the Kazakh fighter in 2017 followed by a win in 2018, Alvarez said: ‘I don’t run from anybody. I have fought against the best. I have shown the world I fight the best.’
On the fight, the Mexican star added: ‘I feel great at 168lbs. I don’t want to fight the scales and after 13 months you can see what I can do.
‘This is one of the best nights I have had, one of the greatest nights. I will go for more.
‘I want all the belts, it doesn’t matter who has them.’
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