Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/17/16
Smith vs. Alvarez
Boxing: Saturday, September 17, 2016 (AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Alvarez -1250 / Smith +800 -- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
Canelo Alvarez and Liam Smith fight Saturday night at AT&T Stadium for the WBO light middleweight title.
Canelo Alvarez enters this fight with a 47-1-1 record that includes 33 knockouts. Alvarez has won his last five fights and is coming off a May win over Amir Khan. Alvarez if fresh off a nasty knockout of one of the top boxers in the world and has bounced back nicely from his 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather. Alvarez doesn’t need much of an introduction, as his boxing IQ is up there with some of the best and his power punches overwhelm majority of his opponents. Alvarez’s size and strength wear down boxers over time. After beating Kahn and Miguel Cotto in back-to-back fights, Alvarez will enter this bout with supreme confidence and hopefully this is a warm up fight leading up to a possible date with Gennady Golovkin. This will be Alvarez’s third fight in Texas.
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Liam Smith enters this fight with a 23-0-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Smith has won 18 straight fights and is coming off a June win over Predrag Radosevic. Smith won his belt by beating John Thompson about a year ago and will defend it for the third time. However, Smith will no longer have the crowd support for the first time in his career, as he’s leaving his England home to box where there will be a heavy Mexican population. Still, Smith wanted a big fight and a big name, and he now has a chance to shock the world. Smith has some power behind his punches and likes to work the body although he’ll have to be terrific defensively if he hopes to avoid the inevitable knockout. This will be Smith’s first fight in the United States.
I never like to shortchange fighters, especially somebody who has a belt. But Smith has nothing for Alvarez, as he doesn’t have the speed or power to counter anything the Mexican is going to bring to the ring. This is truly a joke of a fight for Alvarez considering there are so many other names out there that could have set up another marquee matchup. Instead, this is a warm up fight for Alvarez to pad his record and buy himself more time before taking on another big boy.
Alvarez will win this fight by knockout.