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Dec 17, 2020

Callum Smith has told talkSPORT.com he’s pleased he will be free to weigh whatever he wants when he steps into the ring with Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night in Texas.
Canelo has previously been reported to have rehydration clauses in his fight contracts, meaning opponents must fulfil a second weigh-in on fight day.
Smith (6ft 3ins) has a big size advantage over Canelo (5ft 8ins)
For example, when Canelo boxed Daniel Jacobs back in May 2019, the weigh-in took place at the middleweight limit of 160lbs.
However, the following day both men also had to weigh under 170lbs.
Jacobs ended up coming in at 173lbs on fight day and paid a reported $1million penalty as a result.
Regarding the fact his fight with the Mexican will not take place under such circumstance, Smith told talkSPORT.com: “Obviously I’m pleased.
Smith is the WBA and Ring Magazine super-middleweight champion
“You make weight, you’re allowed to rehydrate to whatever you want to.
“Listen, I don’t go as heavy as people believe to be honest with you.
“You look at the size of me, probably think I get in the ring about 14 stone (196lbs), I don’t!
“But it’s nice to just not have to watch it.”
Canelo is the current pound-for-pound king
In his last fight, Canelo jumped up to light-heavyweight (175lbs) and knocked out Sergey Kovalev to claim the WBO world title.
Smith believes that this may have influenced his decision not to request a rehydration clause for their fight, which is taking place back down at super-middleweight (168lbs).
“I think, you know, it’s just to try and get a slight advantage,” Smith continued.
“But he’s boxed heavier than me, he’s boxed at 175lbs and won a world title at 175lbs.
Canelo knocked out Kovalev at light-heavyweight
“So I don’t feel a reason why he’d have to restrict me putting too much weight on when he technically he’s boxed at the higher weight than me.
“Yeah, obviously it was nice not to get it put on the line, but regardless the fight’s still a fight on the night.
“I’ve still gotta get in at my optimum weight, what I feel best at anyway and just perform to the best I can.
“And I believe ‘the best I can’ beats him.”
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Anfield is Callum Smith’s dream fight venue
If his prediction comes true, one contractual clause that Smith will have to deal with is the rematch clause.
The champion would owe his defeated foe another fight, but has made it clear where he’d want it to take place.
The avid Liverpool supporter said of his dream rematch at Anfield: “Yeah, that’d be huge, that’d be massive.
“Anfield is obviously something that’s another dream I’d love to do. Vegas is another one, so I think either of them would be great.
“But I think Anfield more so, I don’t think it’s been done, not in my generation anyway.
“It would be that little bit more special. Fighting anyone at Anfield is definitely a goal and definitely something that does motivate me.”
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