Tough-minded Liam Smith not bothered by Canelo Alvarez hype

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Trainer Joe Gallagher quotes Donald Curry, says Liam Smith will bring “big stick”

Liverpool’s Liam Smith brings an 8-fight knockout streak into Saturday’s WBO Junior Middleweight title fight with Canelo Alvarez at AT&T Stadium. Trainer Joe Gallagher said Smith, the current WBO title holder, is a world-class champion.


Despite the “neutral” site at the home of America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys, the metroplex is heavily in favor of Alvarez with an expected crowd of approximately 50,000 in celebration of Dia de la Independenica weekend.

A Mexican superstar has fought the headline bout in every mega-fight to celebrate Mexican Independence since Julio Cesar Chavez defeated Mario Martinez in Los Angeles in 1984.

Still, this matchup promises to be a long-winded confrontation. Smith has fought seven or more rounds eight times in his career. Alvarez has fought eight or more rounds 22 times in his career.

Alvarez has rebounded from his 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather and has recorded five consecutive wins, three by knockout.

Most recently, he came after Amir Khan quickly to score a sixth-round knockout in a May Las Vegas fight.

“I’m expecting him to come for me very early,” Smith said. “I think he and his camp want to make a massive statement and a massive show for their countrymen.

“I’ve said this before, but if he doesn’t get me early, it’s going to be a long, long night for him.”

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Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam “Beefy” Smith

What: WBO junior middleweight championship

When: Saturday, AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Tickets: Prices range from $40 to $750, not including applicable service charges with a total ticket limit of eight per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase online Additionally, walk up purchases are available at the AT&T Stadium Box Office (Today-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.).

TV: HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule: Doors open at 2 p.m. First fight at 2:20 p.m. HBO telecast begins at 8 p.m. Main event starts at approximately 10 p.m.

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