WBO World Super-Welterweight Champion Liam Smith is set to defend his crown against Mexican superstar, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday, 17th September.
Alvarez, who stopped Amir Khan in brutal fashion earlier this year, has an impressive resume, with only one loss against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I am very pleased to announce my next fight against Liam Smith, a tremendous fighter with real knockout power, and the WBO Super-Welterweight World Title owner,” said 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 17 September.”
Smith, Liverpool’s first world champion in over 20 years, claimed his title last October when he scored an emphatic stoppage over John Thompson in Manchester.
Since claiming his title Smith has made two successful defences against Jimmy Kelly and Predrag Radosevic.
“I am delighted to get the opportunity to defend my World Championship again, this time against the biggest name in world boxing, Canelo Alvarez, and headline in America which is a dream I have had since I started in boxing,” said Smith.
“This fight will allow me to make a name for myself in the U.S. and show the American’s and Mexican’s just how good I am. As soon as I became World Champion my next goal was to make my name across the Atlantic and this is the big stage that will enable me to do that.”
“I thank my team for getting me this opportunity: Frank Warren, BoxNation, Daniel and the MGM Team and of course Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy and the WBO for providing it. My trainer Joe Gallagher and I are going to initiate a plan to ensure we beat Canelo and shake up the world of boxing. I am confident of keeping my title on 17th September and returning to Liverpool with my belt still around my waist.”
Frank Warren, Smith’s promoter, is excited by the contest and is confident Smith will emerge victoriously.
“Liam grabbed the opportunity to take on Alvarez. This is a fantastic chance for Liam to showcase his talent in such a high profile fight and in America,” said Warren. “He believes, as do I, that he has the tools to beat Alvarez and stake his own claim to be the world’s best.”