Liam Smith (23-0-1) defends his WBO World Super-Welterweight Title against Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1) on Saturday 17 September. The undefeated Smith travels to Texas to defend his crown, with the fight starting at around 2am Sunday morning, UK time.
And where is it?
Dallas, Texas, at the AT&T Stadium.
Where can I watch it?
You’re going to need to put your hand in your pocket: the fight is on BoxNation with coverage starting 1am UK time. Alternatively, bookmark this page, as it is going to magically turn into our liveblog.
What’s the story?
Liverpool’s Liam Smith – one of the four Smith brothers who are all professional boxers – will face the biggest test of his hugely successful career when he takes on the formidable Canelo Alvarez this weekend.
Smith is defending his WBO light middleweight crown for the third time, after impressive victories over Jimmy Kelly and Predrag Radošević, the latter of which extended his run of consecutive knockout victories to eight. This will be the first fight of Smith’s career to take place outside of the UK, and is the first time he has fought anybody near the quality of Canelo.
Canelo – who has only lost once in his career, to Floyd Mayweather Jr on points at the MGM Grand – is fresh from beating Amir Khan via a six round knockout.
The Mexican came in for some criticism when he ducked a fight with Gennady Golovkin. However, Canelo has promised to announce ‘something special’ over the weekend, while GGG told reporters he wanted “first of all Billy Joe Saunders or Canelo” after his victory over Kell Brook.
What they’re saying
I am going to show everyone that I can fight at a high magnitude and hopefully I’ll gain some more fans once I beat Canelo.
Looking back at his last fight, I think Canelo’s attitude was thinking that he was going to grab the knock out sooner or later, and he wasn’t willing to box. I won’t let that be the case this fight because I’ve got the ability to out box him, and put him in his place.
With this opportunity, I’m hoping for bigger and better fights to come my way.
Despite my gym being owned by Amir Khan, I haven’t talked to him about the fight because what he can do well, I can do well, and what Amir failed to do in the ring, I will not fail to do.
I have my own skill set that I can excel in. I’m comfortable going toe to toe with Canelo, and let that be a warning to him come Saturday.
My focus is becoming a world champion-that’s the main purpose of this fight. To become a world champion one more time will be sweet and memorable. This victory would be for all my Mexican fans and those all over the world.
What are the odds?
Canelo to win: 1/10
Liam Smith to win: 7/1
And is the undercard any good?
Not really, sorry mate. Gabe Rosado (23-9) does fight Willie Monroe Jr (20-2) for the WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title, though. And we’ll get another chance to see the undefeated Diego De La Hoya (15-0) in action. The super bantamweight, cousin of ten-time World Champion, Oscar De La Hoya, fights Luis Orlando Del Valle (18-2-1).