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One of the biggest fights of the year takes place this Saturday night in Las Vegas as Canelo Alvarez will face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a matchup of two of Mexico’s biggest names.Canelo vs Chavez

Go behind the scenes with boxing writer Lance Pugmire and columnist Dylan Hernandez with analysis and updates live from Las Vegas.

Live: Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. news conference

Boxing wouldn’t be boxing without a controversy involving one of the sport’s cartel-like sanctioning bodies.

So here we go again.

Leading up to his showdown against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Saturday, Canelo Alvarez has declared war on the World Boxing Council, the Mexico City-based organization headed by President Mauricio Sulaiman.

Alvarez’s fight with Chavez is a non-title bout, taking place at a catch weight of 164½ pounds. So the ever-inventive WBC created a championship belt for the fight.

One problem: Alvarez doesn’t want it.

Alvarez is still fuming over the WBC’s stripping him of the middleweight championship last year and awarding it to Gennady Golovkin.

Following a knockout victory over Amir Khan, Alvarez was given a 15-day window to reach an agreement to fight Golovkin, who held the IBF and WBA titles. Alvarez said he tried to make the fight. But as the negotiations entered their more complicated stages, he had to defend himself in a lawsuit filed by a former promoter. Alvarez decided to prioritize his legal problems and abandoned the negotiations with Golovkin.(Alvarez lost an $8.5-million judgment.)

“I won that belt with blood, sweat, sacrifice, a great training camp, by beating Miguel Angel Cotto,” Alvarez said in Spanish. “When I vacated it, they gave it to the other guy like that, without making him drop a bead of sweat. He didn’t even go through a single training camp and they gave it to him. They put it on the table. That’s not an organization you can respect.”
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WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith’s promoter Frank Warren believes he has a real chance of pulling off an upset against former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) in their fight in two months from now on September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canelo vs Smith

Warren sees the 27-year-old Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) as the best of the Smith brothers (Paul, Callum and Stephen), and he feels that he is a natural 154lb fighter. He rates Smith as having better punching power than Canelo’s last opponent Amir Khan, who moved up in weight from the welterweight division to face Canelo at a catch-weight of 155lbs last May in Las Vegas.
“I firmly believe that Smith can spring a massive surprise by shocking the great Mexican in his own backyard,” said Warren to the dailystar. “He fights like a Mexican himself and I believe he can upset the odds. Liam is a very difficult fighter to beat with his body-punching.”

Warren is right. Smith is very difficult to beat with body punching. If Canelo chooses to use that path to beat Smith, it could be a very hard fight. Canelo doesn’t seem to be able to take punishment nearly as well as he dishes it out. Austin Trout hurt Canelo with a body shot in their fight in 2013, and that caused Canelo to spend the second of the contest with his back against the ropes. Canelo didn’t want to get off the ropes.

By fighting against the ropes, Canelo didn’t have to take any more body shots from Trout. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if that’s what we see in this fight on September 17. Smith needs to plan for anything in this fight, especially that of Canelo backing up to the ropes to try and fight like a turtle. If Smith can get Canelo fighting off the ropes, he needs to try and take him out with body shots, because I think that Canelo’s weakness. He’s like a bulldog when it comes to taking head shots, but he doesn’t do nearly as well when it comes to body shots.

“Now he faces Liam, who I have always said is the best of the fighting Smith brothers who have brought so much ring honor to Liverpool,” said Warren. “I like Alvarez but he does have chinks in his armor and that is something Liam can really exploit. Unlike Khan, Smith is a natural super-welterweight and, again unlike Amir, he can really punch.”
Canelo’s flaws are many. He mostly fights in spurts because he needs frequent rest breaks. He’s not able to fight hard for a full three minutes of every round. If Smith can push a fast place without getting hurt, he’ll have a chance to wear Canelo down and stop him. As I pointed out earlier, Canelo does not take body shots well. He’s been fortunate in the last three years to be fighting mainly head hunters.

Gennady Golovkin is a big body puncher. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why Canelo hasn’t been eager to get inside the ring with the Kazakhstan fighter. Smith has a real chance to win this fight if he attacks Canelo the way that Golovkin would by going after his body.

Smith did a great job of body punching in his last fight against Predrag Radosevic last June in taking him out in just two rounds. Smith has knocked out everyone he’s faced in the last three years. His body punching is similar to his brother Callum Smith.

A win for Smith of Canelo could lead to a big money rematch. Canelo couldn’t just walk away from a loss to Smith because it would be a bad career move. There are some guys that I think Canelo would away from after losing to them, but Smith is someone that I think he would need to fight a second time if he wanted to keep his career from imploding. If Smith beats Canelo, he would have the option of fighting him a second or facing Golovkin in a big unification match.
Canelo will likely be overlooking Smith as an opponent due to him not being seen as talented as some of the other junior middleweights in the division. Smith might not be as good as guys like the Charlo brothers, Erislandy Lara or Demetrius Andrade, but styles make fights. Smith might have the perfect body punching style to defeat Canelo. Source: BoxingNews24.Com

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Boxing fans already knew they would not get the fight they wanted this fall: a middleweight title fight between lineal champion Canelo Alvarez and unified titleholder Gennady Golovkin.

What they’ll get is a fight that nobody asked for.
Alvarez will drop down to junior middleweight and challenge titleholder Liam Smith on Sept. 17 in the main event on an HBO PPV card, Alvarez promoter Golden Boy and Smith promoter Frank Warren announced Friday.

The site of the fight has not been finalized, but Golden Boy is in talks with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about having the fight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has already made a strong bid to host the fight. Canelo vs Smith

“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,” Alvarez said. “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 Sept. 17.”

Mexico’s Alvarez, a former unified junior middleweight titleholder, has been fighting at his preferred weight of 155 pounds, one over the junior middleweight division limit. He has fought his last five fights at 155, including when he won the middleweight title from Miguel Cotto in November.

Now he is going to drop the extra pound to challenge England’s Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs), a 27-year-old who will be making his third title defense but who is a complete unknown outside of his home region.
“I am delighted to get the opportunity to defend my world title against the biggest name in world boxing and to headline in the U.S., which is a dream I have had since I started in the sport of boxing,” Smith said. “This fight allows me to make my name in the U.S. and show just how good I am, and this is the big stage that will enable me to do that. I am confident of winning this fight and returning to the great city of Liverpool with my belt still around my waist.”

Earlier this week, Golden Boy vice president Eric Gomez and K2 Promotions’ managing director Tom Loeffler met in Los Angeles to talk about the timing of Alvarez-Golovkin, perhaps the most anticipated fight in boxing.

Besides his world titles, Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) also owned an interim title that made him Alvarez’s mandatory challenger. Although Golovkin wanted the fight immediately, he agreed that they would each have interim bouts and then meet in the fall, with Alvarez ostensibly building himself up to the 160-pound middleweight limit — although obviously not right away, because he will fight Smith at 154.

Golovkin knocked out Dominic Wade in the second round on April 23, and Alvarez drilled Amir Khan in the sixth round on May 7. But soon after, Alvarez vacated his sanctioning organization title, thus avoiding the deadline to make the mandatory fight. Golovkin was handed the full title, but the sides continued to talk.

This week, they agreed to wait until the fall of 2017, though Golovkin’s side did so grudgingly. Each fighter will have at least two more interim fights, possibly three, and must keep winning.

That leaves Golden Boy the task of trying to sell a marginal matchup for Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) on pay-per-view in September, on the traditional pay-per-view weekend of Mexican Independence Day, against an unknown opponent and heavy underdog in Smith.

“This fight will be a slugfest between two heavy hitters, and I have little doubt that it will end with a 10-count,” said Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who many believe does not want to make the Alvarez-Golovkin fight because Alvarez is his company’s cash cow. “Canelo is the biggest star in our sport today, and with a victory on Sept. 17, at the age of just 26 [in July] he can add yet another chapter to his already-incredible career.”

Smith comes from a fighting family — his three brothers are also professional fighters. Callum is an undefeated super middleweight contender, Stephen is a former junior lightweight world title challenger and top-10 contender and Paul is a former two-time super middleweight world title challenger.

Liam Smith won a vacant world title by seventh-round knockout of John Thompson in October. He has made two defenses: a seventh-round knockout of Jimmy Kilrain Kelly in December and a second-round stoppage of Predrag Radosevic on June 4. Golden Boy and Warren were already in discussions for the Alvarez fight at that point, so Smith went into the Radosevic bout knowing how important a win was.

“Liam grabbed the opportunity to defend his WBO title against Alvarez,” Warren said. “This is a fantastic chance for Liam to showcase his talent in such a high-profile fight. He believes, as do I, that he has the tools to beat Alvarez and stake his own claim to be the world’s best.” Source:ESPN.In

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It’s a far cry from the fight fans hoped to see involving Canelo Alvarez, but the Mexican star’s next bout is official.

Alvarez, who is the lineal middleweight champ, will return to 154 pounds to take on junior middleweight beltholder Liam Smith on Sept. 17, it was announced Friday. The fight, which doesn’t have an official location yet, will be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View.

Canelo and Gennady Golovkin were in talks to fight in the biggest fight that could be made in boxing, but it was learned Wednesday that the sides agreed to wait until Fall 2017.

“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 Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs). “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.” Canelo vs Smith

Alvarez, 25, is regarded as the biggest star in boxing in the wake of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s exits from the sport. The red-headed Mexican, who trains in San Diego, topped Miguel Cotto in November to win the middleweight crown and defended it with a highlight-reel KO of Amir Khan in May.

Both Cotto and Khan are big names in boxing, but Smith is far from one. The 27-year-old Brit is undefeated, but an unknown to American sports fans. He’s never faced anyone of note or even a top-15 fighter at 154 pounds. Smith won the title with a knockout of John Thompson in October and defended it twice against pedestrian opposition.

“I am delighted to get the opportunity to defend my world title against the biggest name in world boxing and to headline in the U.S. which is a dream I have had since I started in the sport of boxing,” said Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs). “This fight allows me to make my name in the U.S. and show just how good I am and this is the big stage that will enable me to do that.”

“I am confident of winning this fight and returning to the great city of Liverpool with my belt still around my waist.”

Said Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Canelo: “This fight will be a slugfest between two heavy hitters, and I have little doubt that it will end with a 10-count. Canelo is the biggest star in our sport today, and with a victory on September 17, at the age of just 26 he can add yet another chapter to his already-incredible career.” Source: Boxingjunke.usatoday.com

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Known for his power and dominance in the ring, Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) will look to win his third title in the junior middleweight division when he challenges undefeated heavy-hitter Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship on Saturday, September 17. A battle between two power-punchers, Canelo vs. Smith promises action between two fighters willing to take a punch in order to secure the next Knockout of the Year. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Information regarding venue and tickets will 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 17 September.”
With the bout’s announcement, Canelo has fulfilled his pledge to headline the two biggest fight nights of the year; Cinco De Mayo – when he knocked out Amir Khan in dramatic fasion — and Mexican Independence Day.

Current WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Liam “Beefy” Smith has built a reputation as one of the hardest punchers in the sport as his last eight victories have come by knockout. Defeating Canelo via knockout is now his top priority, as he begins to establish his legacy in becoming the UK’s next boxing super-star.

“I am delighted to get the opportunity to defend my world title against the biggest name in world boxing and to headline in the U.S. which is a dream I have had since I started in the sport of boxing,” said Liam Smith. “This fight allows me to make my name in the U.S. and show just how good I am 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 of course Golden Boy for providing it. I am confident of winning this fight and returning to the great city of Liverpool with my belt still around my waist.”

“This fight will be a slugfest between two heavy hitters, and I have little doubt that it will end with a 10-count,” said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of Golden Boy Promotions. “Canelo is the biggest star in our sport today, and with a victory on September 17, at the age of just 26 he can add yet another chapter to his already-incredible career.”

“Liam grabbed the opportunity to defend his WBO title against Alvarez,” said Frank Warren. “This is a fantastic chance for Liam to showcase his talent in such a high profile fight. He believes, as do I, that he has the tools to beat Alvarez and stake his own claim to be the world’s best.”

At the age of 25, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez, the current Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion, has conquered the boxing world, captivating fans both at home and around the globe with his action-packed fighting style, charisma and willingness to take on the toughest challenges. Canelo’s road to stardom began in 2011 with a win over Matthew “Magic” Hatton for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World title, his first title defense against Ryan Rhodes and stoppage victories over Alfonso Gomez and Kermit Cintron. Then in 2012, Canelo defended his belt against future Hall of Famer Sugar Shane Mosley and showed the veteran his first retirement, winning via unanimous decision. Canelo continued on the path to superstardom in 2013 with a fifth round technical knockout of Josesito Lopez, followed by a unanimous decision victory over then world champion, Austin Trout in front of over 40,000 fans at San Antonio’s Alamodome. The victory earned Canelo the WBA Super Welterweight World Championship and proved his dominance at 154-pounds and as a bonafide ticket seller. On September 14, 2013, Canelo faced the man on top of the pound-for-pound list – Floyd “Money” Mayweather – giving a stellar effort before falling short of victory for the first time via 12-round majority decision. The fight ended up being the biggest of 2013, but also the second highest grossing bout of all-time and the second most watched boxing event ever on Mexican television (only behind 2015’s Mayweather-Pacquiao). Since then, Canelo has defeated top stars Alfredo “Perro” Angulo via 10th round technical knockout and Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara via split decision in 2014. On May 9, 2015, Alvarez dazzled with a victory over the fierce James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland at Minute Maid Park in Houston in front of more than 31,000 fans that featured what many deemed the Knockout of the Year in 2015. At the end of 2015, Alvarez defeated future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cotto for the WBC, RING Magazine and Lineal Middleweight Championship in front of a packed arena at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas and more than 900,000 homes across the country. The unanimous decision victory cemented Canelo’s status as boxing’s biggest draw and among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Finally, Canelo delivered another Knockout of the Year contender in May of this year, knocking out Amir “King” Khan in the sixth round of his first middleweight title defense opening up the new state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Part of the Famous Fighting Smith Brothers, where brothers Callum, Paul and Stephen have all competed in the boxing elite level as current title holders and world championship title challengers with Liam “Beefy” Smith is the first to hold a world championship title. A decorated fighter and current WBO Junior Middleweight Champion, Smith has maintained his undefeated status since his 2008 debut, defeating his last eight opponents by knockout. Smith began his knockout prowess in 2013 when he defended his BBB of CBritish Super Welterweight Title by knocking out Marck Thompson in the fourth round. 2014 saw Smith defend his British belt and win the vacant WBA Continental Super Welterweight Title with dramatic stoppages against Jason Welborn and Zoltan Sera proving that Smith belonged in the upper ranks in the division. In 2015, The Scouse warrior went on to stop Robert Talarek by an eighth-round technical knockout in March and then claimed WBO Intercontinental Super Welterweight Title when he finished David Ezequiel “La Herradura” Romero with a seventh-round technical knockout in April. By October of 2015, Smith proved to be an elite fighter as he defeated John “Apollo Kid” Thompson via seventh-round technical knockout to be crowned as the new WBO Junior Middleweight Champion. Since then, Smith has made two successful defenses of his world championship defeating ‘Jimmy’ Kilrain Kelly also in the seventh round in December 2015 and most recently Predrag “Pedja” Radosevic in June 2016 with a devastating second round knockout.
Canelo vs Smith, a 12-round fight for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Frank Warren and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD. The event will take place on Saturday, September 17 and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. News Source:BoxingNews24.Com

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