Callum Smith appears to have suffered a gruesome bicep injury in his loss to Canelo Alvarez, with the Mexican fighter beating Smith by unanimous decision to win the WBA and WBC super middleweight titles.
Canelo is widely considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world right now and he dominated the bout, winning almost every round.
Smith appeared to suffer an injury early on in the fight, with his bicep noticeably swelling up and promoter Eddie Hearn claimed the Brit “detached his bicep in the second or third round”.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Hearn said: “You just saw the pound-for-pound king. Callum Smith is so tough. He gave a great interview there.
“I think he detached his bicep in the second or third round but it didn’t really matter.
“It was a masterclass from Canelo. I just left Smith’s changing room and everyone is talking about Alvarez. He’s just so good.
“I’m proud of Callum. He never stopped throwing but he came up against the best fighter on the planet.”
Smith did not mention the injury in his post-match interview, telling DAZN: “I’m devastated.
“I came here to win. No excuses, he was very good. Maybe I’ve been on the weight too long. I don’t feel as dominant late on in fights.
“It could have been a better version of me tonight. 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.”
Canelo could now be set for a third fight with middleweight Gennady Golovkin and he was asked about that prospect after the win over Smith.
“I don’t run from anybody,” he said. “I have fought against the best. I have shown the world I fight the best.
“I feel great at 168lbs. I don’t want to fight the scales and after 13 months you can see what I can do. This is one of the best nights I have had, one of the greatest nights. I will go for more. I want all the belts, it doesn’t matter who has them.”