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Warriors’ Stephen Curry picks his winner in Canelo Alvarez–Callum Smith fight

Stephen Curry, Canelo Alvarez, Callum Smith, Warriors

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry made his pick for the super-middleweight title bout between Canelo Alvarez and Callum Smith on Saturday night.

Not surprisingly, Steph is taking his buddy, Canelo. On Saturday evening, the three-time NBA champion posted a photo in boxing gear alongside his father, Dell, while expressing support for Canelo Alvarez.

Over the summer, Curry and Canelo Alvarez had some fun “sparring” on the golf course, as the two took a moment to practice some boxing while on the fairway during a celebrity gold tournament in July.

 

Canelo Alvarez will face Smith, the WBA super middleweight title-holder, in the main event of Saturday’s DAZN card at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The 12-round fight will put Smith’s WBA “super” super middleweight title on the line, as well as Canelo Alvarez’s WBA “regular” super middleweight title and the vacant WBC super middleweight title.

Canelo Alvarez’s (53-1-2, 36 KOs) last fight was an 11th round TKO win over Sergey Kovalev in November of 2019. Saturday’s fight will be the first for Alvarez since he ended his relationship with promoter Golden Boy Promotions in November.

The Smith matchup will be Alvarez’s second fight at the super middleweight level. He fought at 168 pounds at Madison Square Garden in 2018, knocking out Rocky Fielding to win the WBA “Regular” super middleweight championship.

Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) won his belt with a defeat over George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series final in September 2018. He was successfully defended the belt twice in the years since. He bested Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in June 2019, then scored a victory in a controversial decision over John Ryder in November 2019.

Canelo Alvarez — after this fight — will celebrate Christmas and the beginning of the NBA season, in which Stephen Curry and the Warriors will try to return to the playoffs after missing the postseason in 2020. The Warriors begin their season on Dec. 22 against Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and the Brooklyn Nets in the Barclays Center.