SAN DIEGO, September 17, 2016 – The stage is set, and it’s a mighty big stage, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Jerry Jones and the Cowboys organization welcome world championship boxing to Texas as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico (47-1-1, 33 KOs) and Liam “Beefy” Smith of Great Britain (23-0-1, 13 KOs) put on a Mexican Independence Day weekend show. HBO PPV has the broadcast starting with undercard bouts at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
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All fighters on the card made weight Friday. Both Liam Smith and Canelo Alvarez made it right on the nose at 154 pounds. Alvarez weighed in without any briefs on to ensure he’d be at or under the limit.
While most experts see Alvarez as an overwhelming favorite with home field advantage, Smith will not make it easy for him.
On the undercard:
Two former foes of Gennady Golovkin will test themselves, middleweights Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia now fighting out of Los Angeles (23-9, 13 KOs), and Willie Monroe Jr. of Rochester, New York (20-2, 6 KOs). This has the potential to be the fight of the night. The winner may get a chance against Alvarez later in the year.
Exciting featherweight rising star Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (21-0, 12 KOs) puts his unbeaten record up against Andrew Cancio of California (17-3-2, 13 KOs). It’s important for Diaz to dazzle and make the most of this visibility on the undercard.
Diego De La Hoya of Mexico (15-0, 9 KOs), Oscar De La Hoya’s young cousin, fights for the WBC Youth Super Bantamweight title against Luis Orland Del Valle (22-2, 16 KOs) in the classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico contest of the night.
Sadam Ali (21-1, 13 KOs) of Brooklyn hopes to shake off his first loss against Jessie Vargas tonight against Saul Corral of Mexico (21-7, 12 KOs).
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. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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