Canelo dethrones Smith with knockout
Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) annexed the WBO junior middleweight title on Saturday night over a game, but ultimately overmatched Liam Smith (23-1-1, 13 KOs) in front of 51,240 fans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Right out the gate, both fighters looked to establish their jabs and right hands, aggressively going after each other, but it was clear that Alvarez’ punches would do the most damage. Though Smith’s punches may not have had the same affect on Alvarez, to his credit, he tried to give back as good as he got, and managed to connect with a variety of combinations.
Canelo, who had a sustained body attach throughout the fight, mixed up his punches well and in the seventh, a right hand to the head sent Smith down for the first time in his career. Smith beat the count and actually had a flurry at the end of the round to show he was still eager to exchange.
Then in the ninth, just as Smith had Canelo along the ropes, Alvarez landed a left hook to the body that crumbled Smith to the canvas and remained down, giving Alvarez the KO win.
“First of all, I want to say I told you I was going to give a great fight and get the championship and here it is,” said Canelo Alvarez. “I started going after him, but in the second round I hurt my hand. I hurt my right hand and had to use the left more often. There was some disparity but that’s what happened. I felt he was very strong in the beginning so I had to put the body work and felt he would dwindle, that’s how I did my job. I give big punches with my body shots, and I enjoyed it very much. I fear no man. I am the best fighter in this sport. About a month ago, we offered “GGG” three times as much to make the fight and we’re ready for him, but he doesn’t want to accept. As I said, we are a team and I fear no one. I fight the best and I want to fight the best, I am the best at this sport and Viva Mexico!”
In the co-feature, Willie Monroe Jr. earned a unanimous decision win over Gabriel Rosado with scores of 116-112, 118-110 and 117-111.
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