Callum Smith appears to have suffered a gruesome arm injury in his defeat to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. The British super-middleweight was pictured with a bulging bicep in the aftermath of his unanimous points loss.
The 30-year-old was out-fought by the Mexican who was in devastating form over 12 rounds to take the WBA world super-middleweight title from Smith.
After the judges scored the fight 119-109 119-109 117-111 in favour of Alvarez, Smith admitted he was devastated but admitted he was second-best on the night.
“I’m devastated. I came here to win,” Smith said.
“No excuses, he was very good.”
Pictured after the fight, Smith’s left arm appeared uncomfortably swollen with the fighter tenderly rubbing the troubled area.
DAZN presenter Chris Mannix, who spoke to Smith after the fight, addressed the injury and revealed the rumoured cause.
“You can see the redness on that arm,” he said.
“Eddie Hearn told me after I did the interview that he believes Callum detached his bicep at some point during the fight.
“Eddie made it clear it probably didn’t matter.
“Canelo Alvarez won this fight going away, he was masterful in his performance.
“But something tells me in the next couple of days we’ll hear about Callum Smith being on the shelf for a little while.”
Speaking to BBC radio Five Live, Hearn all but confirmed the seriousness of the injury, but doesn’t believe it affected the outcome.
Smith suffered his first loss as he surrendered his WBA title in San Antonio.
Alvarez put in an impeccable display, hitting harder and faster as Smith struggled to offer a response.
The unanimous decision after the final bell was of little surprise and Smith conceded the better man won.
“It could have been a better version of me tonight,” he added. “He performed and was the better man.
“He is smart to be honest. He is clever. He closes ground, sets traps and before you know it he’s closed the ground up. I maybe let him close the ground up too easily.”