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Three division champion Alvarez claimed the vacant WBC title and Smith’s WBA version of the 168-pound belt, negotiating a steep rise in the weight class for the battle against a pandemic-limited crowd at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

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Alvarez improved to 54-1-2 with 36 Ko, while Smith suffered the first loss of his professional career, falling to 27-1, 19 Ko.

The win on Saturday revives the possibility of a third fight between Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, who lost to Alvarez in a controversial majority decision in Las Vegas in 2018.

30-year-old Alvarez has shown that he is one of the smartest fighters in the sport. He adapted quickly and managed to get within range of Smith to attack the body and head.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, of which 315 in the last 11 months. 000 people died in the US, organizers were forced to limit the amount, but managed to get a permit anyway, 12. 000 people in the venue with 32. 000 seats.

They watched Alvarez land every blow in his arsenal during the glorified sparring session with Smith, whose broken face and blood-splattered white trunks told the story.

Alvarez’s best shot was the real uppercut and he threw it with authority, got his way and nearly knocked Smith out on round ninth when the ropes seemed to be the only thing stopping him.

All three judges gave Alvarez the bout with two points 119-109 and the third 117-111.

Earlier on the map, Frank Sanchez was the most noticeable fight, defeating Julian Fernandez in the seventh round via a TKO.

Fernandez showed his durability to reach seven rounds, with one point spurring his opponent to more headshots.

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