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Callum Smith’s endless legs wouldn’t let him down Saturday night. He would be feeling better today if they had.

The 6-foot-3 Smith walked into the ring in San Antonio on Saturday night and peered down at Canelo Alvarez, as if he were taking his little brother to school. Smith was at least six inches taller, and his wingspan was seven and a half inches longer.

All it meant was that there was more of Smith to hit, and Smith would be in far less pain if he had just fallen like timber. Instead, he endured a 12-round battering, with Canelo compressing every rib and trimming every limb, and watched Canelo brandish the WBA and WBC super-middleweight belts. Then Canelo smiled and pantomimed a golf swing.

The decision was simple as the identity of the best boxer in the world. Canelo won the fight 11-1 on two cards, 9-3 on the other. He has now won title fights in four divisions. He has a vast array of opponents and no real challengers.

“I don’t run from anybody,” Canelo said. “I just showed I fought against the best. Now we go for more.”

Smith was the most credentialed 168-pounder in the world. The Liverpudlian was 27-0 and was known as a hyperactive jabber and a willing trader of power shots. It was the fourth time in Canelo’s past eight fights that he has met an unbeaten opponent.

After measuring the giant, Canelo went Braveheart beginning in Round 3, and Smith’s night deteriorated from there.

Smith’s jab wasn’t slowing Canelo’s advance and he was a sitting giraffe for Canelo’s hurtful body shots and uppercuts, with either hand. Smith did get to the finish line, but his nose was bloodied and his face swollen, and he was holding his arm awkwardly, as rumors flew that he had detached a bicep somewhere along the way.

Canelo goes to 54-1-1 and said he wanted to gather the other two belts at 168. That would set up matches with Caleb Plant and Billy Joe Saunders, both of whom are unbeaten.

The real danger could be at middleweight (160), where Jermall Charlo could possibly stun-gun him with his right hand. However, Canelo no longer needs to starve himself to get credible fights.

“I don’t want to fight with a scale,” he said.

What no one with an ounce of decency should want to see is a third summit meeting between Canelo and 38-year-old Gennady Golovkin.

It  was too hard to get them in the ring in the first place, and then they wound up with a draw in a fight Golovkin probably won, before Canelo took a majority decision in the rematch.

Since then Golovkin has atrophied. He was breathtakingly fortunate to get past Sergey Derevyanchenko in October of 2019.  He didn’t fight again until Friday night, when he floored an imposter, Kamil Szeremeta, four times in seven rounds and got the TKO in between rounds. Szeremeta was immobile and relatively skill-challenged, but he kept getting up.

Both Canelo and Golovkin are helplessly indignant whenever they’re asked about the rivalry, but Golovkin would be putting his reputation and molecular composition in jeopardy. Canelo is incalculably better, and certainly scarier, than he was in the first GGG fight.

Smith, remarkably, was able to speak with perspective about the storm that had just consumed him.

“He was the better man tonight,” Smith said. “He’s just smart. He holds his ground, and then he sets little traps. Before you know it, he has closed the ground on you.

“His jab was very good for a shorter guy, and his defense was very good. He’s hard to hit clean. I’ve reached the top of the mountain and then I got knocked off it tonight. I’m devastated, but he’s a great fighter.”

Nine years ago Alvarez won his first real belt, at 154 pounds over Matthew Hatton at the Honda Center. Along the way he has beaten Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Erislandy Lara and Daniel Jacobs, in addition to Golovkin, Kovalev and Smith. It’s true that most of those champions were on the back nine of their careers, but Canelo still hadn’t gotten his merit badge when he took his only loss, a majority decision to the shrewd Floyd Mayweather in 2013, before Canelo fully knew himself.

The critics who thought Canelo fought too strategically are quiet now, rendered inaudible by historians who look for his rightful place. The fortunate thing, for the serious fan, is that Canelo keeps looking too.

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