Former two-time world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) hosted a media conference call on Wednesday ahead of his showdown with WBO junior middleweight world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium, home of the iconic Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.
[Canelo on Liam Smith] I have looked at him, the style more than anything is what we look for. He’s a champion, is strong, he has a Mexican style. Part of the reason for choosing Liam was because he is a world champion, and I want to be the world champion in MY weight division…whether Liam Smith is a recognized name or not, he is still a very good fighter. I am preparing like I always do, giving 100%
[Canelo on a GGG bout being delayed] There are always going to be critics but at the end of the day, I have to do what is best for my career…I can’t be fighting this fight thinking of Golovkin, I have to stay focused on Liam Smith.