Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next fight will be against Liverpudlian Liam “Beefy” Smith for the latter’s WBO super welterweight title at AT&T Stadium—the home of famed NFL franchise the Dallas Cowboys.
It’s not exactly the fight everyone was clamouring for. Alvarez, who vacated his WBC middleweight title to buy himself and promoter Oscar De La Hoya some time in negotiating a fruitless fight contract with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, the opponent the world wants, was last seen in the ring knocking out an undersized Amir Khan in devastating fashion.
However, the fight against GGG never materialized, and the middleweight division is now in a state of flux. Canelo is moving back down to super welterweight where he captured WBA and WBC gold before being outclassed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. Meanwhile, Golovkin, the pride of Kazakhstan will now be fighting British-born IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. At least the latter contest is still in the middleweight division.
Though undefeated, Smith will be making a gargantuan step up in class against Alvarez on September 17th. The Scouser won his title last year by knocking out John Thompson inside seven rounds. Few can fault Smith for showing the cajones to take on such a high-profile fight when considerably outmatched on arguably the largest boxing stage in the world. But, people expect better of Canelo.
The press conference promoting this fight was a bust. There were tens of minutes spent listening to all types of boxing bureaucrats and figures. There was even a five-minute long birthday celebration for Canelo—a man who is often credited with an unshakeable confidence, reduced to an embarrassed, wry smile as his rosy-red cheeks matched the shade of his hair.
One part of the press conference rankles more than any other. Some of the comments made by De La Hoya were baseless and outright untrue. Sure, ….View full article