Canelo Officially Set to Fight…..Liam Smith

By Marc Livitz on June 24, 2016
Canelo Officially Set to Fight…..Liam Smith
Granted and with all due respect, Liam Smith is no slouch. All fighters deserve our respect.

Boxing fans don’t deserve another dragged out soap opera between two superstars who appear to be on a collision course, at least in our eyes…

Do not adjust your set and do not swab your ears. Yes, you read that correctly and if you read it aloud, then you heard yourself correctly as well. As we’ve learned through various sports grumblings and mumblings and much to our disappointment, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez won’t be facing Gennady “GGG” Golovkin anytime soon. At least such is the case for the weekend of September 17 of this year. If Alvarez’s (47-1-1, 33 KOs) fight with Amir Khan last month didn’t garner enough attention on its own, then the post-fight press conference certainly did.

The comings and goings at the podium that evening in the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Vegas was not at all centered around Canelo’s sixth round brutal knockout of his British opponent as it was focused on a hotly anticipated showdown with a certain Kazakhstani fighter who carries a knockout ratio of over ninety percent. As this writer illustrated in a pair of articles centered around the wait to hear a big announcement and then the eventual letdown, boxing fans don’t deserve another dragged out soap opera between two superstars who appear to be on a collision course, at least in our eyes.

Manny Pacquiao should have fought Floyd Mayweather, Jr. sometime in 2010 after his win over Miguel Cotto. Not only did the bickering and bantering go on for half a decade, but after a while, we forgot why they weren’t seeing eye to eye any longer.

This afternoon, Golden Boy Promotions released an announcement which stated that Canelo Alvarez will face Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 of this year, with a venue to be announced shortly.

“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 owner,” said Canelo Alvarez. “I have no doubt that this fight will be give and take, which will fill the expectations of the fans, and I will work with all the enthusiasm as I always do to get the upper hand on September 17.”

Bravo, Canelo! How do you think this decision will sit with your fans, most notably the battle hardened fight fans of Mexico? Granted and with all due respect, Liam Smith is no slouch. All fighters deserve our respect. The undefeated Liverpudlian has won his last eight contests by way of either KO or TKO and his Las Vegas date with Canelo will be his first bout outside of the United Kingdom.

Does the UK’s decision to leave the European Union have anything do with this?

How do you, the boxing fans honestly fell about this announcement? Are you surprised? Finally, are you content with the idea of paying sixty or more American dollars to watch the fight on pay-per-view? This was not supposed to be the “thing”. No. We’ve put up with this enough and it’s eerily all too familiar. Canelo’s court case to avoid having to indemnify himself against his last promoter ended quicker than a lunchtime nooner, so that’s no excuse.

We’ve heard from various sources that the brass at Golden Boy is hesitant to put their Golden Goose into the ring with a thrasher such as Golovkin, despite the insistence of Canelo himself, who swears that he’ll fight anyone at anytime. Were “GGG” to absolutely mow over Alvarez, then it could be seen as a legitimate concern, but we’ll never know. At least not anytime soon. Let your thoughts be known…..and take the wife and kids out that night instead. This is not right.

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  1. Alfredo Esparza 11:41am, 07/09/2016

    GGG would destroy Canelo. Cannel gave up his Bullsh$t middle weight belt so he wouldn’t face GGG. Who in the heck is Liam Smith another feather weight moving up in weight to get pulverized by Canelo.

  2. te tumbo 03:22pm, 07/01/2016

    I’ve never heard of 90% of GGG’s opponents before or after he’s cherrypicked them for resume-padding.Also, GGG has no name among the paying boxing public. Couldn’t crack 100K in his first PPV-card even with the support of the “#1 P4P” fighter in the sport on the undercard. Can’t sell-out the Forum without artificially-smaller capacity to accommodate his lack of drawing power. Conversely, if he had only overcome his fear of facing Canelo at a catchweight, that PPV would’ve easily cracked 1 million PPVs, sold-out Texas Stadium, and established the winner as the #1 PPV-Draw and fighter in the sport. Until he proves otherwise v. an elite or even top-notch opponent, little Gennady is a carefully-managed and protected promotional hype-job.

  3. Isaac 04:03pm, 06/28/2016

    Never heard of the guy, maybe is fuit of my ignorance but its less money, less name ans less titles than GGG

  4. KB 09:21am, 06/25/2016

    And become a Brit Basher

  5. Koolz 05:59am, 06/25/2016

    I am really amazed how Canelo can still make 154!!

    I think this will be fight of the year material.  Smith is tough!  May really surprise Canelo.  It’s a great fight!

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