WBO super welterweight champion, Liam Smith, came face-to-face with his upcoming opponent, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in London today.
The pair will square off at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas on September 17th and Smith is keen to make a big impression on U.S boxing fans.
“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,” said, Smith.
“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.”
“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, the bookies favourite, insists he will not underestimate Smith.
“What can I say? Liam Smith is a great champion. He’s very strong and he’s very hungry,” said Canelo.
“We’re going to prepare like never before, knowing what we know about Liam Smith. I can assure you this: we’re going to give the fans what they want to see.”