On the 17th September two fighters with a combined 70 wins between them go head to head in Arlington, Texas as Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith defends his WBO light-middleweight title against Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at the Texas AT+T stadium.
Stateside, the fight has not received the furore it probably deserves (largely due to America’s lack of knowledge about Smith) but that does not mean it will be a dull fight.
Take Alvarez’s last bout as an example which was against another Brit, Amir Khan, who was the recipient of a brutal right hand knocking the Englishman cold to the canvas. After the fight many thought Alvarez would turn his attention to Golovkin but a match up with Liam Smith was lined up instead.
Smith’s trainer, Joe Gallagher, has stoked the fire saying Alvarez should have taken the money and fought Gennady Golovkin instead:
“Alvarez is a very, very good fighter. You only have to look at his record to see who he’s been in with, but I feel they should have taken the Golovkin fight and got paid well.”
With the fight in the lone star state it is expected that Alvarez will have the majority of the following, creating an intimidating environment for Smith to ply his trade.
But Smith is confident of coming into the fight with a game plan to upset the odds as Alvarez is viewed as heavy favourite for the fight.
Smith’s trainer understands the task at hand saying Smith needs to ensure a “confident, clear victory” as he is wary of the way Alvarez’s last fight against Khan was scored. Many viewed Khan as the victor of many of the early rounds but the judges scored in favour of Alvarez.
Ironically Smith, helped Khan, prepare for his fight with Alvarez and has first-hand experience of what to expect from the flame haired Mexican.
However, Alvarez firmly has his sights set on another world title belt having previously held the WBA and WBC world title belts and will be seeking a similar knockout blow that did for Khan. Whilst Smith will be aiming to use his killer body blows to propel him to stardom and conquer the US.
This is a fight that deserves more build up and respect than it is currently getting and whatever the outcome on September 17th at the home of the Dallas Cowboys I have a feeling we will be talking about this fight for a long time to come.
In what will be Smith’s third defence of his WBO World title (defeating Kelly Jr and Radosevic in his first two defences), expect this fight to go the full distance and be settled by the judges, Let’s just hope Smith’s trainers fears are not justified and the is fight scored fairly.
Let the battle of Texas commence.