Alvarez tries to dethrone Britain’s unbeaten Smith

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Los Angeles—Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will try to regain a share of the world super welterweight crown he last held three years ago by dethroning Britain’s undefeated Liam “Beefy” Smith on Saturday.
The fight will be staged at the home stadium of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, where Filipino star Manny Pacquiao fought twice for world titles in 2010.
“It’s very impressive and very beautiful. It motivates me,” Alvarez said of the venue. “It’s something that gets me really excited and I can’t wait to get out there and fight.”
Alvarez, a 26-year-old Mexican, is 47-1-1 with 33 knockouts, having won five fights in a row since suffering his lone loss by a 12-round majority decision to Floyd Mayweather in 2013. Alvarez most recently knocked out Britain’s Amir Khan in the sixth round last May. “I’ve been wanting a big fight with one of the biggest names and I jumped at the chance to fight Canelo,” Smith said. “This is a chance to make a big name for myself in America because the biggest name in boxing with the biggest draw is Canelo.”
“Just because Smith isn’t very well known in the US doesn’t diminish how tough he is as an opponent. We expect him to be very powerful and we are training for that,” Alvarez said.—AFP