It’s Official: Canelo Alvarez fights Liam Smith at TBA on September 17

Canelo Alvarez fights Liam Smith – It’s official. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next opponent will be WBO World junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith. They will fight on Saturday, September 17 which happens to be Mexican Independence Day weekend. What has yet to be determined is the venue, but the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas appears to be the front-runner. At the June 21 meeting of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Alvarez’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, formally requested the date of September 17. However, a formal request isn’t binding and there is no penalty if GBP opts to take the fight elsewhere. Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, has expressed interest in staging the fight at the home of his football team, AT&T Stadium. Other possibilities — think Brooklyn, London, and Manchester – are longshots.

Smith isn’t as well known internationally as his British compatriot Amir Kahn, Alvarez’s last victim, but Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) poses a bigger threat to Alvarez (47-1-1) than did Kahn who was jumping up two weight classes. True, there are few recognizable names on his ledger, but those who have followed Smith’s career closely are in universal accord that he is steadily improving. The draw that smudges his record happened early in his career in a 4-round fight. He has won eight straight inside the distance, most recently a second-round stoppage of Montenegro’s Predrag Radosevic. He felled Radosevic with a wicked left hook to the body, his signature punch.

Liam Smith, who has fought exclusively in the U.K., is the second-youngest of the four fighting Smith brothers from Liverpool. His two older brothers, Paul Smith and Stephen Smith, didn’t fare well when they crossed the pond. Paul Smith was thoroughly outclassed by Andre Ward. Their bout in Oakland in June of 2015 went into the books as a ninth-round stoppage for Ward. Stephen Smith lost a unanimous decision to Jose Pedraza in a failed bid for Pedraza’s IBF World 130-pound title at Foxwoods in Connecticut this past April 16.

There seems to be an inverse relationship, however, between the age of a Smith brother and his fistic talent. Liam Smith, it seems, is better than Stephen, who in turn is better than Paul. The baby of the bunch, Callum Smith, may prove to be the best of the lot. The reigning British super middleweight champion, Callum Smith is undefeated in 20 pro fights with 15 knockouts, ten in the opening round.

Canelo Alvarez vs. whoever will make the turnstiles hum if staged in Las Vegas on a Mexican holiday weekend, but a bigger question is whether Canelo vs. Liam Smith will translate into strong receipts on HBO pay-per-view. Will boxing fans boycott the fight as a way of showing their displeasure at Canelo’s failure to meet the challenge of Gennady Golovkin?

Of all of Canelo’s recent fights, his upcoming match would seem to be most in need of a strong undercard. If Callum Smith were added to the show against a good opponent, the promotion would have a lot more sizzle.

 

 

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-deepwater2 :

Ummm...... Who cares. Get to the main course already before it goes bad. One bum is allowed. Two bums is a no no. 3 bums and your legacy is finished.


-KO Digest :

For all intents and purposes, Canelo's middleweight championship charade is over.


-Yogo :

Politics aside it's not as bad a match up as you might think, Liam's a tough come forward banger who'll make it fun while it lasts. Personally i think it'll be Boo Boo who upsets the Canelo applecart down the road, or will Big Money Oscar say No mas to the cream of the LMW's too?


-KO Digest :

I'm sure it will be great but PPV is BS.


-Yogo :

Rampant capitalism rules. It's time we all took a stand but we're sucka's. It'll be interesting to see how many of Saul's own people fork out. Oscar was one of my fave fighters but his bizarre hypocritical promotion is really beginning to grate big style.


-KO Digest :

This is like that time Oscar fought that Charpentier dude.


-oubobcat :

I remember that one and Carpentier was bad. Only saving grace was that it was HBO and if I recall correctly had an excellent undercard bout between Stevie Johnston and Cesar Bezan.


-KO Digest :

Canelo wacks this kid out just like Oscar did in El Paso!


-oubobcat :

It will go longer than that fight (Beefy is tough and can fight a little not like Carpentier) but yeah one sided knockout when all is said and done. The one thing I remember most about the Carpentier fight was Larry Merchant just tearing into the French man on his ring walk. I kind of felt bad for Carpentier and hoped for a good show.


-brownsugar :

Even in Mexico fight fans may be raising an eyebrow or two at this event. "Beefy" as Liam smith is known by his fans is probably the best opponent Canelo has fought since Austin Trout. Beefy is a solid competitor and a live dog. The problem is, even Canelos' own fans are realizing that his mandatory PPV status has been constructed through an artificial process. Canelo does have talent but he doesn't leave anywhere near as lasting an impression as Chocolatito, Lomanchenko, or the semi retired Pacman. Especially with eager to please boxers like Thurman who says his biggest ambition is to fight on regular TV so he can bring boxing back to the masses. Its not a PPV fight in the sense that there was never any real demand for it. This PPV business is the continuation of a process of emotion extortion which has been perpetrated against some of the worlds most passionate fight fans on the planet .... the Mexicans, who have been bereft of a true boxing hero since the glory days Chavez Sr, Marquez, Sanchez, Pintor and Barrera. (To name a few) Sorry Canelo but I'll wait till this airs on YouTube.


-The Good Doctor :

This has the makings of Joshua vs Breazeale 70 pounds lighter.


-amayseng :

Even in Mexico fight fans may be raising an eyebrow or two at this event. "Beefy" as Liam smith is known by his fans is probably the best opponent Canelo has fought since Austin Trout. Beefy is a solid competitor and a live dog. The problem is, even Canelos' own fans are realizing that his mandatory PPV status has been constructed through an artificial process. Canelo does have talent but he doesn't leave anywhere near as lasting an impression as Chocolatito, Lomanchenko, or the semi retired Pacman. Especially with eager to please boxers like Thurman who says his biggest ambition is to fight on regular TV so he can bring boxing back to the masses. Its not a PPV fight in the sense that there was never any real demand for it. This PPV business is the continuation of a process of emotion extortion which has been perpetrated against some of the worlds most passionate fight fans on the planet .... the Mexicans, who have been bereft of a true boxing hero since the glory days Chavez Sr, Marquez, Sanchez, Pintor and Barrera. (To name a few) Sorry Canelo but I'll wait till this airs on YouTube.
I concur with all. If Canelo wants to say GGG is not a ppv attraction and the money is not there and he is going a better direction, well then he should go a better direction as this ppv is not it. Canelo, even though rehydrates to around 175 fight night, would be better off saying he is not use to fighting guys of GGG's size of the mw limit, and instead he is use to being the bigger , stronger guy and as such a ppv attraction, he in fact does not have an obligation to take such a risk against GGG as he can still make bank against lesser opposition. Although, cowardly, it would be honest and respectable.


-brownsugar :

I concur with all. If Canelo wants to say GGG is not a ppv attraction and the money is not there and he is going a better direction, well then he should go a better direction as this ppv is not it. Canelo, even though rehydrates to around 175 fight night, would be better off saying he is not use to fighting guys of GGG's size of the mw limit, and instead he is use to being the bigger , stronger guy and as such a ppv attraction, he in fact does not have an obligation to take such a risk against GGG as he can still make bank against lesser opposition. Although, cowardly, it would be honest and respectable.
Exactly!!!!