WBO champ Liam Smith to fight Canelo Alvarez in September

WBO champ Liam Smith to fight Canelo Alvarez in September

By Daniel Zaldivar

June 24, 2016


Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images

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. 

I am very pleased to announce my next fight against Liam Smith, a tremendous fighter with real knockout power, and the WBO junior middleweight world title holder. I have no doubt that this fight will be give and take, which will fill expectations of the fans, and I will work with all the enthusiasm as always to get the upper hand on September 17.
— Canelo Alvarez

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. 

This fight allows me to make my name in the U.S. and show just how good I am. This is the biggest stage that will enable me to do that. I thank my team for getting me this opportunity: Frank Warren, BoxNation, Daniel and of course Golden Boy for providing it. I am confident in winning this fight and returning to the great city of Liverpool with my belt still around my waist.
— Liam Smith

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)

 

 

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