WBO champ Liam Smith to fight Canelo Alvarez in September
By Daniel Zaldivar
June 24, 2016
Golden Boy Promotions announced today on Twitter that their superstar fighter, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will officially fight Britain's Liam Smith on September 17.
Smith, 27, currently holds the 154 pound WBO world title and has been on the short list to land a fight with the 25-year-old Alvarez. It was recently announced that a coveted bout with middleweight monster Gennady Golovkin would be tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2017, which meant that this following bout would not produce the biggest bout in the sport.
Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) is surely stepping up his competition in facing Alvarez -- who has been in the ring with the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr, Miguel Cotto, and Erislandy Lara. The British fighter will be traveling to the United States for the first time in his career and will fight on HBO pay-per-view in Las Vegas.
Daniel Zaldivar is a boxing contributor for Frontproof Media & Page2sports.com. He is the founder of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YouTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @Z_BoxingNews
(Feature photo: Jon Locher/Associated Press)