Post-Fight Review of Canelo vs Smith and GGG vs Szeremeta as well as potential future matchups for both winners. Canelo vs Smith ended in a 12-round unanimous decision victory for Canelo. Golovkin stopped his Polish Mandatory challenger in the 7th round after a one-sided beatdown.
Canelo vs Smith: Canelo Solidifies his Position as Pound-For-Pound Best as he outclasses #1 Super-Middleweight.
Canelo once again proved himself as the best fighter in the world as he comfortably outclassed and dominated the number one super-middleweight in the world with ease. He failed to get a stoppage against the very brave, gritty and resilient Brit but won a one-sided decision (119-109, 119-109, 117-111). Most critics had Canelo winning 10-12 rounds, WorldInSport’s Darshan Desai had it 117-111 for Canelo.
Many people thought Smith had an excellent chance due to his huge height and reach advantage but he neglected that in the fight and chose to box small and on the inside. Shockingly, the 7 inches shorter Canelo out jabbed Smith 9/12 rounds and took away Smith’s arguably greatest asset. Canelo outlanded Smith 10/12 rounds by margins as great as 24 and 21 in the 9th and 10th round.
Smith started decently well winning the first and second round. However, after Canelo got into his rhythm Smith had little success against Canelo from the fourth round onwards only landing double digits in one round. The 9th and 10th round was the best rounds of the fight for Canelo arguably scoring a knockdown in the 9th with a right hand that sent Smith to the ropes. He landed 30 punches in each round and prompted trainer Joe Gallager to tell Smith he has to show him something or he would stop it.
Canelo managed to win a legitimate world title in a 4th weight class tonight and is now the unified WBA (Super), WBC and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight Champion. This is the third consecutive weight that Canelo has won a ring magazine title at which is an incredible feat and shows his superiority over world boxing once again proving himself as pound-for-pound number one in Canelo vs Smith.
After Canelo vs Smith, the Mexican now looks to unify at 168 pounds and aims to become the undisputed champion by the end of 2021. Billy Joe Saunders (WBO) and Caleb Plant (IBF) are the remaining two belt holders. Canelo does have a mandatory though in the form of Avni Yildrim. After a relatively easy fight, he wants to stay active in 2021 and box up to 4 times.
Yildrim is likely to be a rather simple fight for Canelo, easier than Canelo vs Smith and Canelo could take that fight in February in Mexico before boxing on Cinco De Mayo. Plant Boxes Truax in January which means Canelo could face Yildrim in February, Saunders in May and Plant in September in an ideal world.
Golovkin vs Szeremeta: GGG Drops Polish Challenger 4 times en route to Dominant 7th Round Stoppage Victory.
Gennady Golovkin successfully made the record 21st defence of his world middleweight titles against IBF Mandatory Challenger Kamil Szeremeta on Friday Night on DAZN. GGG Stopped his overmatched Polish opponent after 7 one-sided rounds. Szeremeta clearly had heart and will to win but did not possess the skill or power to compete with the Kazakh.
Golovkin opened the fight strong with a knockdown in the first round from and uppercut-left hook. He went looking for the early knockout again in the second round where he landed a devastating overhand right that sent Szeremeta to the canvas again. Szeremeta battled on but was caught with another left hook in the fourth and it looked like it was all over.
But even after 4 painful rounds and three heavy knockdowns, the previously undefeated Szeremeta would not give up. After a quiet 5th and 6th rounds, GGG closed out the show with a brutal Jab that led to the referee calling a halt to the fight. As predicted, GGG delivered a devastating performance and even at 38 years old proved he still has the power and skill.
Golovkin beat the record of the great Bernard Hopkins who had 20 defences of his middleweight crown and in doing so cemented his legacy in middleweight and boxing history. GGG now looks towards a big fight in 2021 with possible options being Jermall Charlo, Jamie Munguia, Demetrius Andrade and Billy Joe Saunders.
After Canelo vs Smith and Canelo’s relatively straightforward victory, DAZN and GGG are still very much interested in Canelo GGG 3. When asked about it Canelo did not dismiss the idea and said he would be open to it if the fight and the deal for it made sense.