Canelo, Smith in London
Canelo Alvarez and Liam Smith finished off their press tour in London earlier today, as the two discussed their upcoming junior middleweight clash, set for September 17 in Arlington, Texas.
Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) will be defending his WBO 154-pound title in his first fight in the U.S. at Cowboys Stadium, and is happy about getting the fight he’s been after.
“This is a fight I’ve been asking for for 12 months. I jumped at the chance, it’s a chance for me to make a name for myself,” said Smith. “I want to do it against the biggest name in boxing at the moment. Saul Alvarez is the biggest name in boxing. I’m looking forward to pitting my wits against one of the best in the sport,” added Smith.
“I’m going in there to stop Canelo. If I don’t stop him, it won’t be for the lack of trying.”
Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) who despite relinquishing his WBC middleweight title, is still recognized as the division’s lineal champion, is content to attempt to win another title at junior middleweight.
“What can I say? Liam Smith is a great champion. He’s very strong and he’s very hungry.
“We’re going to prepare like never before, knowing what we know about Liam Smith. I can assure you this: we’re going to give the fans what they want to see.”
About Ramon Aranda
Publisher, Editor-in-Chief of 3 More Rounds and a member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
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