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What time is Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith today? PPV schedule, main card start time for 2020 fight

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What time is Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith today? PPV schedule, main card start time for 2020 fight

It’s been over a year since fans have had the opportunity to see Canelo Alvarez in a boxing ring, but the WBA (Super) and WBC “Franchise” middleweight champion will finally make his 2020 debut when he faces Callum Smith on Saturday.

Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) might just be Canelo’s toughest challenge yet. The undefeated Englishman is the WBA (Super) and The Ring super middleweight champion.

“I’ve been wanting a big fight since becoming world champion, so I’m so pleased that during these challenging times we can deliver to the fans a fight between the very best in the division,” Smith said ahead of the fight. “I truly believe I will beat him and will prove that 168 pounds is my division.”

Of course, Smith is still the underdog. Canelo is a four-division champion. The last time he fought in the 168-pound division, he destroyed Rocky Fielding in a third-round TKO back in December 2018 to capture the WBA (Regular) super middleweight title.

Here’s what you need to know about Canelo vs. Smith, including the start time, price and updated betting odds.

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What time is Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith?

  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 19
  • Main event start time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Canelo-Smith start time: 11 p.m. ET

Canelo Alvarez’s return to the ring against Callum Smith takes place on Saturday, Dec. 19. The card starts at 8 p.m. ET, with Alvarez and Smith expected to take their ring walks about 11 p.m. ET, depending on the length of the earlier fights.

How to watch Canelo vs. Smith

The Canelo vs. Smith fight will stream live globally on DAZN, to more than 200 countries and territories (excluding Mexico, where it will be shown on TV Azteca). 

Those interested in watching the fight can find DAZN on a number of different systems, including, but not limited to, Amazon Fire TV/stick, Android, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Roku and Xbox One. Viewers can also find it on DAZN.com using browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. 

Learn more about DAZN in your region.

How much does Canelo vs. Smith cost?

  • PPV:  $69.99
  • DAZN Subscription: $19.99/month, $99.99/year

DAZN is offering two different ways to watch the Canelo vs. Smith fight in the United States with various price points.

Boxing fans interested in watching the fight can sign up for a monthly DAZN subscription or annual pass. The annual pass costs $99.99 while the monthly subscription costs $19.99. (In Canada, a subscription is $20 CAD per month or $150 CAD per year.)

Customers of major cable providers such as Comcast, Charter, Cox and more can also pay $69.99 to watch on their cable box and receive a four-month DAZN subscription as part of the cost.

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Where is the Canelo vs. Smith fight taking place?

The Canelo vs. Smith fight will take place in San Antonio, Texas, at the Alamodome. A limited number of fans will be in attendance.

This will be Alvarez’s second fight at the Alamodome, having beaten Austin Trout there in April 2013, and it will be Alvarez’s fourth fight in Texas overall.

Canelo vs. Smith betting odds

Alvarez opened as a -670 favorite against Smith, which means you’ll need to bet $670 to win $100. Meanwhile, Smith is a +400 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $400.

For updated odds, check the listings provided at the DraftKings sportsbook.

Canelo Alvarez career record, bio

  • Nationality:  Mexican
  • Height:  5-8
  • Reach:  70.5 inches
  • Record: 53-1-2, 36 KOs

Callum Smith career record, bio

  • Nationality:  English
  • Height:  6-3
  • Reach:  78 inches
  • Record:  27-0, 19 KOs

Canelo vs. Smith fight card

  • Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith for Smith’s The Ring and WBA (Super) super-middleweight titles
  • Frank Sanchez vs. Julian Fernandez at heavyweight
  • Raymond Ford vs. Juan Antonio Lopez
  • Austin Williams vs. Isiah Jones at middleweight
  • Marc Castro vs. Luis Javier Valdes at featherweight
  • Christian Gomez Duran vs. Angel Hernandez at welterweight
  • Alexis Eduardo Molina vs. Robert Greenwood at featherweight

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Kyrie Irving’s 37-point Nets return offers positive takeaways despite loss to Cavaliers

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In a game featuring Nets superstars Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant, the best player on the floor in the second overtime period was Cavaliers third-year pro Collin Sexton.

Sexton nailed four 3-pointers in quick succession to guide Cleveland to a 147-135 win.

That’s not how Wednesday night was supposed to go down for Brooklyn after the team traded for Harden last week and Irving returned from a mysterious two-week absence. But while the Nets’ stretches of ineptitude backed up concerns about their defense following the Harden deal, their moments of brilliance should perhaps be the primary takeaway from the defeat. Brooklyn recovered from a 14-point deficit late in the third quarter to send the contest beyond regulation, at times using breathtaking passing at tempo to unlock openings.

Irving, Harden and Durant combined to net 96 points on an efficient 49.3 percent shooting clip from the field. If not for a once-a-season type of explosion from Sexton, coach Steve Nash’s squad would have likely escaped with a victory.

And mere presence of their enigmatic point guard should offer the Nets their greatest hope of cohesion moving forward.

“I’m just excited for the future,” said Irving, who spent the previous seven games away from the team for personal reasons.

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Four minutes into his return to basketball, Irving acknowledged the sparse crowd of about 2,000 gathered at Quicken Loans Arena and pointed to his ring finger. The venue had just given him a tribute video recounting his crowning achievement with the organization: A 2016 NBA championship won with the help of his iconic jumper over Stephen Curry. Fans offered a standing ovation.

That the Nets’ third-best player is worthy of emotional tribute videos is a testament to their absurd talent.

Another reminder of their abilities came soon after when Harden accelerated up the floor flanked by Irving to his left and Durant to his right on a 3-on-1 fast break. Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman was petrified, not knowing which all-time great shot creator to guard. He chose Harden. Harden chose Irving. Irving chose a delicious scoop off the window for two points.

These were the sequences in which everything seemed obvious about the roster. How could the group not become great?  Name the sports teams that have ever failed because of too many good players. Too many Hall of Famers. Too many centerpieces of worldwide brand campaigns.

The third quarter, though, seemingly poked holes through what general manager Sean Marks had done in shipping out big man Jarrett Allen, forward Taurean Prince, sixth-man extraordinaire Caris LeVert and so many future first-rounders for Harden. With DeAndre Jordan off the floor, the Nets struggled defending the interior. At the same time, they managed to neglect assignments along the perimeter. Even as their own offensive ball movement looked good enough, the lack of stops at the other end were concerning.

“Look, this was the first night when we’ve had everyone on the floor together,” coach Steve Nash told reporters. “This is going to be a process that takes the entire year.”

The process can only work if everyone participates.

Irving not only appearing but also scoring 37 points following his prolonged stretch away from teammates made it easier to imagine everything coming together, the glimpses shown Wednesday becoming more and more frequent until a Finals contender is born.

The Duke product, whose interest in his sport has been questioned by some people of late, showed plenty of emotion on the court as the game progressed. When he called for a pass in the corner from Durant in the fourth quarter and didn’t get it, he fist-pumped anyway when Durant drained a midrange jumper. When he was whistled for an offensive foul with 1.5 seconds left in regulation — a ruling later reversed — he reacted forcefully toward the nearest official.

Irving was the player Brooklyn needs him to be if it wants to get things figured out ahead of the playoffs.

“Two OTs in your first game back?” Irving asked rhetorically after the game. “You got to love NBA basketball, bro.”

The Nets sure hope he does.

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Bernie Sanders’ inauguration meme gets social media attention from sports world

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Bernie Sanders has a knack for online stardom.

The senator from Vermont is already the subject of one well-known meme — we’ll get to that in a second — and on Wednesday, thanks to his inauguration outfit, socially-distanced spot and demeanor at the Capitol, he earned another one. 

First off, props to Sanders who was sporting the same jacket from the original “I am once again asking” meme. If the jacket still fits and is in good shape from 2019, why not keep wearing it? 

So aside from the coat, he’s got a new meme thanks to a photo that popped up of the 79-year-old senator sitting in a folding chair socially distanced from everyone. He sat in said coat, with his arms crossed and warm mittens on his hands and his legs crossed — and, of course, he had on a mask. 

Following COVID-19 protocols, Sanders became a social media sensation once again and the sports world was quick to follow suit as well. 

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Collin Sexton beats Nets’ Kyrie Irving, James Harden & Kevin Durant on his own in double-OT

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Collin Sexton beats Nets' Kyrie Irving, James Harden & Kevin Durant on his own in double-OT

Collin Sexton did not dribble with the artistic flow of Kyrie Irving as he destroyed the Nets in double-overtime, but his pull-up jumpers and drives against Irving and Kevin Durant carried a lethal dose.

In the span of 1:31, Sexton scored 11 points on his own, including three 3-pointers in the face of Brooklyn defenders. He finished the game with a career-high 42 points, five rebounds, five assists and just one turnover in 38 minutes as his Cavaliers beat the Nets 147-135.

The performance came as the Nets played their first game with Irving, Durant and newly acquired James Harden on the floor together, spoiling a night in which Irving scored 37 points of his own.

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Sexton, now in his third NBA season, isn’t far removed from being a rookie subjected to vitriol from his own teammates. Back then, Cavaliers veterans anonymously ripped him to the media and said he didn’t “know how to play.” He’s proving those critics wrong.

Sexton is averaging 27 points per game following his performance Wednesday night. He caught the attention of people around the NBA with the scoring outburst.

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