SAN DIEGO, September 15, 2016 – Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico and Liam “Beefy” Smith of Great Britain meet the news media for the final time prior to their WBO Junior Middleweight championship fight scheduled on Saturday, September 17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Watch the HBO news conference live below starting at 3 p.m. ET/12 noon PT.
Alvarez, (47-1-1, 33 KOs) who defeated British welterweight Amir Khan by fifth round knockout in his last bout, faces another UK fighter in Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs), this time at the junior middleweight limit of 154-pounds. Smith fights for the first time in the United States. Smith comes from a boxing family. His three brothers Callum, Paul, and Stephen are all professional boxers as well.
At a public workout for fans in Texas Wednesday, the two-time former world champion Alvarez says he is happy about his return to Texas for this bout. “I always give the best of me for the fans. Texas is special is my second my home, the people are great the fans are great. This is a historic night for me and for boxing and I am very motivated to perform for all the fans at AT&T Stadium,” said Alvarez.
Alvarez said he and his trainers, the father/son team of Chepo and Eddy Reynoso, have watched video of Smith. “He is a strong fighter and his style of boxing is similar to mine. Both our styles will make a great fight for all the fans on Saturday. He is hard puncher, connects, comes forward and has good combinations. We know he is dangerous and we are not underestimating him. I am preparing for a fighter that comes forward, I am ready for anything. We will show the best fight we can for all the fans on Saturday night.”
Smith is coming in with plenty of his own confidence. On Tuesday at his first appearance for the fans in Texas, Smith said he worked with fellow British boxing star Kell Brook to prepare. “Canelo isn’t a full light middleweight like I am, and that’s to my advantage. It feels very good to be on this big stage, and it’s one that I have asked to be on.
“I am going to show everyone that I can fight at a high magnitude and hopefully I’ll gain some more fans once I beat Canelo. Looking back at his last fight, I think Canelo’s attitude was thinking that he was going to grab the knock out sooner or later, and he wasn’t willing to box. I won’t let that be the case this fight because I’ve got the ability to out box him, and put him in his place. Just because the writers and the boxing critics label me as the underdog isn’t my motivation – my family and their support is the only one I need. With this opportunity, I’m hoping for bigger and better fights to come my way.”
“Despite my gym being owned by Amir Khan, I haven’t talked to him about the fight because what he can do well, I can do well, and what Amir failed to do in the ring, I will not fail to do. I have my own skill set that I can excel in. I’m comfortable going toe to toe with Canelo, and let that be a warning to him come Saturday.”
Watch video produced by Communities Digital News of Canelo Alvarez preparing for this bout at a media workout at The House of Boxing in National City, California.
The fight airs in the United States on HBO Pay Per View Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m PT. Communities Digital News will host a Live Online Fan Chat with real time reports and photos from the fight. Join us Saturday as we provide commentary and the latest news on the fight card throughout the evening.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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