Liam Smith Warns: I’m Coming in There To Knock Canelo Out!
Britain’s WBO world Jr. Middleweight champion Liam Smith has said he’s going to make a name for himself when he faces Canelo Alvarez in September.
Speaking at a London press conference today, the Liverpool ace said he will try and knock out Canelo Alvarez when the two collide for his WBO World Title on Mexican Independence Day in Dallas, Texas.
“This is a fight I’ve been asking for for 12 months. I jumped at the chance, it’s a chance for me to make a name for myself. I want to do it against the biggest name in boxing at the moment. Saul Alvarez is the biggest name in boxing. I’m looking forward to pitting my wits against one of the best in the sport,” said the 23-0 star, currently on an eight fight KO streak.
“I think a lot of people, will be surprised. I can’t wait until September and making a name for myself up there.”
Responding to the US media reaction which has seen him unfairly labelled as a “paper champion”, the 27-year-old said the American press weren’t in a position to comment as he’s never fought Stateside before.
“They’ll know in September that they shouldn’t be calling me a paper champion. I haven’t fought out there just yet, but they’ll know why [it’s wrong to call me a paper champion] when I do.
“I’m going in there to stop Canelo. If I don’t stop him, it won’t be for the lack of trying.” —
Canelo vs. Smith, a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Frank Warren and Canelo Promotions. Gabriel Rosado vs. Willie Monroe, Jr. is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and Diego De La Hoya vs. Luis Orlando Del Valle is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Roc Nation Sports. The event is sponsored by “Tecate, BORN BOLD,” O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, Adriana’s Insurance and Casa Mexico Tequila and will take place on Saturday, September 17 at AT&T Stadium, doors open at 2:30 p.m. CT. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.